Oracle's stock, which has traded in a tight range since the beginning of the year, continues to be a source of frustration for investors. The stock closed 2013 at $38.14. On the year-to-date, shares are down 1.25% to $37.66 as of this writing.
The story has been Oracle's lack of revenue growth. Worse, Oracle is perceived unresponsive to the likes of Salesforce.com (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). These rivals have ushered in a new generation of cloud-based business applications software that's killing off customers' need for services that brought Oracle to prominence.
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