Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, enterprise-software giant Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) has 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

$162.9 billion


Systems software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$34.35 billion


Co-Founder/CEO Lawrence Ellison

CFO Safra Catz

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$24.36 billion / $14.75 billion

Dividend Yield



Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ)


Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 3,357 members who have rated Oracle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Sparkynet and kpoeppel.

Earlier this year, Sparkynet tapped Oracle as a relatively cheap way to get into the cloud:

Looking for a cloud computing play and [] is too expensive. Oracle looks like a winner here. Solid earnings growth and a low forward P/E. The synergy with former Sun unit should be interesting.

Over the next five years, in fact, Oracle is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 16% annually. That's faster than rival tech gorillas such as HP (9.5%), IBM (11.2%), and Microsoft (10.3%).

CAPS member kpoeppel expands on the outperform argument:

Hard to bet against Oracle. Strong growth at reasonable price. Has a competitive moat in the form of high switching costs. It takes a huge effort to change from one system to another in a large company. I saw this first hand at the company I work for. Seems like the current pullback is a good entry point.

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