Oracle: Beating Indigestion

Larry Ellison has already shown that the software giant can integrate acquisitions. And he's got the numbers to prove it again

As Oracle prepared to release third-quarter fiscal results Mar. 20, investors freighted the report with expectations. The software maker was trying to fix sales missteps that hurt results in the prior period, while folding in acquisitions designed to fight SAP for market share. It would also offer clues as to whether a slowdown in corporate technology spending is taking a toll at Oracle (ORCL).

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