How to buy Oracle shares
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Oracle Corporation is a software—infrastructure business with stocks listed in the US. Oracle shares (ORCL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Oracle
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Oracle. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ORCL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Oracle reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Oracle, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Oracle. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Oracle key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Oracle stock a buy or sell?
- Oracle performance over time
- Can I short Oracle shares?
- Is Oracle suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Oracle shares over-valued?
- Oracle's financials
- How volatile are Oracle shares?
- Does Oracle pay a dividend?
- Have Oracle shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Oracle share priceUse our graph to track the performance of ORCL stocks over time.
Oracle shares at a glance
|52-week range||USD$39.71 - USD$62.6|
|50-day moving average||USD$56.9309|
|200-day moving average||USD$53.7187|
|Dividend yield||USD$0.96 (1.63%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$3.18|
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Is it a good time to buy Oracle stock?
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Is Oracle under- or over-valued?
Valuing Oracle stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Oracle's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Oracle's P/E ratio
Oracle's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Oracle shares trade at around 19x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Oracle's PEG ratio
Oracle's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.501. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Oracle's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Oracle's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$16.8 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Oracle's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$39.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||37.24%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$31.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||8.31%|
|Return on equity TTM||70.3%|
|Market capitalisation||US$178.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Oracle shares
There are currently 34.9 million Oracle shares held short by investors – that's known as Oracle's "short interest". This figure is 0.4% up from 34.7 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Oracle shares can be evaluated.
Oracle's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Oracle's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Oracle shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Oracle shares traded daily (recently around 10.3 million). Oracle's SIR currently stands at 3.38. In other words for every 100,000 Oracle shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3380 shares are currently held short.
However Oracle's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Oracle shares, or, against the total number of tradable Oracle shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Oracle's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Oracle shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0181% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Oracle shares, roughly 18 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Oracle.
Find out more about how you can short Oracle stock.
Oracle's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Oracle.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Oracle's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 20.12
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Oracle's overall score of 20.12 (as at 07/31/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Oracle is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Oracle's environmental score
Environmental score: 1.93/100
Oracle's environmental score of 1.93 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Oracle is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Oracle's social score
Social score: 13.41/100
Oracle's social score of 13.41 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Oracle is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Oracle's governance score
Governance score: 5.29/100
Oracle's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Oracle is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Oracle's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Oracle scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Oracle hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||20.12|
|Total ESG percentile||15.95|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||3|
Oracle share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 30.28% of net profits
Recently Oracle has paid out, on average, around 30.28% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.63% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Oracle shareholders could enjoy a 1.63% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Oracle's case, that would currently equate to about $0.96 per share.
While Oracle's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Oracle may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Oracle's most recent dividend payout was on 21 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Oracle's shares ever split?
Oracle's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 12 October 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Oracle shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Oracle shares which in turn could have impacted Oracle's share price.
Oracle share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Oracle's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$39.71 up to US$62.6. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Oracle's is 0.8188. This would suggest that Oracle's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Oracle Corporation provides products and services that address enterprise information technology environments worldwide. The company's cloud and license business engages in the sale, marketing, and delivery of its applications and infrastructure technologies through cloud and on-premise deployment models, including cloud services and license support; and cloud license and on-premise license. Its cloud software as a service offerings include a suite of cloud software applications, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise and performance management, supply chain management, human capital management, and customer experience cloud-based industry solutions, as well as NetSuite application suite, a cloud-based ERP solution. The company also provides cloud infrastructure as a service; enterprise database; database products, including MySQL, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, Oracle Berkeley DB, and Oracle NoSQL Database; middleware software; Java licenses; server and storage products; hardware products and services comprising point-of-sale terminals and related hardware for managing businesses within the food and beverage, hotel and retail industries; and hardware products and services for communications networks, including network signaling, policy control and subscriber data management solutions, and session border control technology. In addition, it offers operating systems, including Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris, virtualization software, and other hardware-related software; management technologies and products, such as Oracle Enterprise Manager; and product repairs, maintenance services, and technical support services. It also serves various industries, government agencies, and educational institutions. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
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