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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. Its last market close was US$65.3 – an increase of 6.82% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.

How to buy shares in Oracle

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$65.3, 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.
  6. 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.

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Oracle share price

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Oracle shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUS$39.0476 - US$65.9477
50-day moving average US$62.3132
200-day moving average US$59.619
Target priceUS$66.78
PE ratio 19.6839
Dividend yield US$0.96 (1.49%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.306

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Is it a good time to buy Oracle stock?

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Oracle price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $65.3 on 2021-02-25

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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 20x. In other words, Oracle shares trade at around 20x 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 1.4083. 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

Oracle's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$17.3 billion (£12.4 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Oracle's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Oracle financials

Revenue TTM US$39.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 38.22%
Gross profit TTM US$31.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.03%
Return on equity TTM 83.71%
Profit margin 26.34%
Book value 2.682
Market capitalisation US$195.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Oracle shares

There are currently 24.5 million Oracle shares held short by investors – that's known as Oracle's "short interest". This figure is 17.1% down from 29.5 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 8.8 million). Oracle's SIR currently stands at 2.77. In other words for every 100,000 Oracle shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2770 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 0.0136% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Oracle shares, roughly 14 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: 17.18

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Oracle's overall score of 17.18 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 17th 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: 10.18/100

Oracle's social score of 10.18 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: 6.07/100

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

Oracle Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 17.18
Total ESG percentile 17.18
Environmental score 1.93
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 10.18
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 6.07
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 3

Oracle share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 23.08% of net profits

Recently Oracle has paid out, on average, around 23.08% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.57% 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 1.57% 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 low, this can signify that Oracle is investing more in its future growth.

Oracle's most recent dividend payout was on 21 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Oracle's shares ever split?

Oracle's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 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$39.0476 up to US$65.9477. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ORCL.US volatility(beta: 0.78)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 0.7818. This would suggest that Oracle's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Oracle overview

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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