Oracle Corp (
is set to report fiscal first quarter 2014 results on Sep 18. In
the prior quarter, the company posted in line results. Moreover,
the company posted an average negative earnings surprise of 0.68%
over the past four quarters. Let's see how things are shaping up
for the company in this quarter.
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Growth Factors this Past Quarter
Oracle reported modest revenue growth based on higher software
revenues, which climbed 3.3% year over year to $8.44 billion,
primarily driven by a 5.9% increase in software license update
and product support revenues.
Operating margin jumped 30 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year
basis to 49.1%, primarily due to declining operating expenses,
which fully offset flat year-over-year revenues. On a sequential
basis, operating margin increased 440 bps due to
higher-than-expected decline in operating expenses.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the first quarter stands at 53
cents per share while that for fiscal 2014 is $2.76 per share.
There have been no revisions in the first quarter and 2014
estimates over the last 60 days.
The lack of any movement in estimates signals that the first
quarter might not be too different from the past quarters. This
is also indicated by that fact that the stock carries a Zacks
Rank #3 (Hold).
We caution against stocks with Zacks Ranks #4 and #5 (Sell-rated
stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the
company is seeing negative estimate revisions momentum.
Other Stocks to Consider
Our model states that a stock needs to have both a positive
Zacks and a Zack
and a Rank of #1, #2 or #3 to beat earnings estimates. You could,
however, consider the following stocks that satisfy both
Micron Technology (
has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and Zacks Earnings ESP of
Infoblox Inc (
has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and Zacks Earnings ESP of +50.00%
Synnex Corp (
has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and Zacks Earnings ESP of +2.11%.