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9 Companies With Raised Dividends, Upside: Analysts

Stocks in this article: IBMARGAPDORCLFMCIPHPQNEMDOW

6. Oracle (ORCL) is an enterprise software company that develops, manufactures, markets, distributes and services database and middleware software, applications software and hardware systems, consisting primarily of computer servers and storage products. Oracle operates in three segments: software, hardware systems and services.

For the third quarter ended February 2011, total revenue stood at $8.8 billion, up 36.9% from $6.4 billion in the comparable quarter of last year, benefiting from a $1.2 billion incremental revenue contribution from its hardware systems business, a significant increase in its software business revenue and higher services revenue. Net income was reported at $2.1 billion, or 41 cents per share, up from $1.2 billion, or 23 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

In March 2011, the company's board declared a quarterly cash dividend of 6 cents per share of outstanding common stock, increasing 1-cent per share, or 20%, over the prior-quarter dividend. Furthermore, the company repurchased 28 million shares for $750 million during the nine months ended Feb. 28, 2011.

Eighty percent of the 44 analysts covering the stock rate it a buy, while 18% recommend it as a hold. On average, analysts estimate an increase from current levels of 10.8% to $37.61 in value.

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