NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- All eyes will be on Oracle's (ORCL - Get Report) third-quarter results after the close on Wednesday, March 20. Its results may be market-moving. The company has a history of beating estimates, which now range from 65 cents to 70 cents a share.Simply beating the average estimate of 66 cents per share will not be enough to propel the shares higher, but a beat of at least 4 cents will surely move the needle.
Oracle is best in class for EPS growth. HP (HPQ - Get Report) basically fell off the map, but may turn the ship around. Can HP climb back to the glory days of $40 per share or more? Don't count on it this year, although 2013 appears bullish, even for HP. What many may find striking is Oracle's move above Apple's (AAPL - Get Report)EPS growth rate. I included the metric to illustrate how much pricing power Oracle has. When it comes to database vendor investments, Oracle is best in class. There is little reason to expect its current status to change anytime soon. Next, free cash flow comparisons allow investors to see what a dollar investment can expect to yield in overall profitability. Free cash flow return for Oracle, Red Hat (RHT - Get Report), IBM (IBM - Get Report), and Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) illustrate how well Oracle has navigated the space. It moves with a steady and stable hand. The market hates uncertainty; one look at Apple's stock chart shows how uncertainty is punished. ORCL Free Cash ROA TTM data by YCharts