Why Now May Be The Time To Buy Oracle Corporation (ORCL)
Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) is down a little over 2% in 2013, and this has been a disappointment, no doubt. There is an indicator, however, that's suggesting now may be the time to buy. What is it?
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Keeping this in mind, we're going to analyze the latest info for Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL).
How have hedgies been trading Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL)?
Heading into Q3, a total of 72 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 4% from the first quarter. With hedgies' sentiment swirling, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.
When using filings from the hedgies we track, Natixis Global Asset Management's Harris Associates had the biggest position in Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), worth close to $1.5458 billion, accounting for 3.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Eagle Capital Management, managed by Boykin Curry, which held a $1.1579 billion position; 6.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Matt McLennan's First Eagle Investment Management, Donald Yacktman's Yacktman Asset Management and Ken Fisher's Fisher Asset Management.
Consequently, certain bigger names were leading the bulls' herd. Eagle Capital Management, managed by Boykin Curry, established the biggest position in Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL). Eagle Capital Management had 1.1579 billion invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matt McLennan's First Eagle Investment Management also initiated a $719.3 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ORCL investors: Donald Yacktman's Yacktman Asset Management, Ken Fisher's Fisher Asset Management, and Richard S. Pzena's Pzena Investment Management.
Insider trading activity in Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL)
Insider buying is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time frame, Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
We'll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL). These stocks are Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU), Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP). This group of stocks are the members of the application software industry and their market caps are similar to ORCL's market cap.
# of Hedge Funds
# of Insiders Buying
# of Insiders Selling
Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU)
Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE)
salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)
SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP)
Using the returns explained by the previously mentioned studies, regular investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) applies perfectly to this mantra.