Salem Investment Counselors Inc. Sells 17,195 Shares of Oracle Co. (ORCL)

Salem Investment Counselors Inc. decreased its holdings in shares of Oracle Co. (NYSE:ORCL) by 61.9% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 10,567 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock after selling 17,195 shares during the quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc.’s holdings in Oracle were worth $477,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in ORCL. Worldquant Millennium Quantitative Strategies LLC purchased a new position in shares of Oracle in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $1,484,000. HRT Financial LLC purchased a new position in shares of Oracle in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $1,141,000. Captrust Financial Advisors raised its position in shares of Oracle by 114.6% in the 3rd quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 89,593 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock valued at $4,619,000 after purchasing an additional 47,840 shares during the last quarter. Koshinski Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Oracle by 113.5% in the 3rd quarter. Koshinski Asset Management Inc. now owns 29,607 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock valued at $1,527,000 after purchasing an additional 15,737 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bridges Investment Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Oracle by 26.0% in the 3rd quarter. Bridges Investment Management Inc. now owns 67,056 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock valued at $3,457,000 after purchasing an additional 13,816 shares during the last quarter. 47.39% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of ORCL opened at $54.59 on Wednesday. Oracle Co. has a 52-week low of $42.40 and a 52-week high of $54.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.13, a quick ratio of 2.65 and a current ratio of 2.65. The firm has a market cap of $226.15 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.36, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.81 and a beta of 1.08.

Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, March 14th. The enterprise software provider reported $0.78 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $9.62 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.59 billion. Oracle had a net margin of 27.14% and a return on equity of 34.03%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.83 EPS. As a group, analysts forecast that Oracle Co. will post 3.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 25th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, April 11th will be given a dividend of $0.24 per share. This is a boost from Oracle’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.19. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, April 10th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.76%. Oracle’s payout ratio is presently 34.04%.

ORCL has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price objective on shares of Oracle to $55.00 in a research report on Tuesday, December 18th. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Oracle in a research report on Monday, February 18th. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target on shares of Oracle in a research report on Thursday, February 14th. Sanford C. Bernstein reissued a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price target on shares of Oracle in a research report on Tuesday, December 18th. Finally, Standpoint Research raised shares of Oracle from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.69 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, December 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Oracle presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $52.53.

In other Oracle news, Director Jeffrey Berg sold 37,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.10, for a total transaction of $1,991,250.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Hector Garcia-Molina sold 3,750 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.51, for a total transaction of $193,162.50. Following the sale, the director now owns 27,969 shares in the company, valued at $1,440,683.19. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 1,773,750 shares of company stock worth $95,395,063. Corporate insiders own 32.00% of the company’s stock.

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