A Chill in Oracle's Hot Numbers

Despite results that Ellison & Co. exulted over, investors had the shivers, sending the stock price down. A key reason: disappointing business in databases

Oracle (ORCL) is developing something of a pattern. The big U.S. software maker reports earnings that on the surface look impressive. But when analysts and investors get a closer look, they're less than enthused. That was the case on Mar. 20, when Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison unveiled fiscal third-quarter results.

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