Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, enterprise-software giant Oracle
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.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Redwood City, Calif. (1977)|
|Market Cap||$144.7 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$36.7 billion|
|Management||Co-founder/CEO Lawrence Ellison
CFO Safra Catz
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||22.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$31.0 billion / $14.8 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 3,551 members who have rated Oracle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Oracle recently acquired Taleo at an extremely questionable valuation. ... Since the announcement, Oracle has gotten cheaper. Oracle is very cheap on a forward multiple given their historical growth rate. I believe this company could have a 13x-17x multiple on next year's projected earnings, but as always I'll settle my price range for a tad less. Target: $32-$38. I think that this is as close to a screaming buy as you can get if you have a long term perspective.
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