Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, enterprise-software giant Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Oracle's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Oracle facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Redwood City, Calif. (1977)

Market Cap

$122.3 billion


Systems software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$26.8 billion


Co-Founder/CEO Lawrence Ellison
CFO Jeffrey Epstein

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$18.5 billion / $14.66 billion


Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 3,166 members who have rated Oracle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kenjotto and marketsailor1945.

Just last week, kenjotto tapped Oracle as an enterprising opportunity: "Very aggressive software provider, and enterprise likes its solution. Plus, Oracle has the drive to integrate the Sun acquisition and become a major total-solutions provider to go after IBM."

While Fools have varying opinions on Oracle's recent move to hire former Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) CEO Mark Hurd as co-president, one thing's for certain: The battle to become tech's end-to-end solutions king has gotten more interesting. With a clear lead over IBM's DB2 and Microsoft's SQL Server in the database market, as well as SAP in the applications software space, Oracle's biggest bet of late is on hardware. As my fellow Fool Eric Bleeker recently pointed out, that's an area "that Hurd dealt with every day running HP's storage and servers business." Of course, only time will tell whether Hurd's expertise in hardware-software stacking will truly help Oracle.

But if CAPS members like marketsailor1995 are right, that would just be a nice bonus to Oracle's already bullish fundamentals:

What pulls me into [Oracle] is their growing equity and profitability. Over the last few years updates and add-ons has been a growing sector in their business. Management is also a plus. ... [CEO Larry Ellison's] stake in the company can also be seen as a plus. I'm not trying to make an argument for a break out stock, but I could see a [feasible] 15% gain over the next year.

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