Oracle ( ORCL) designs systems software to help businesses manage and increase their operations. During the past three years, it has expanded sales 12% annually, on average, and grown earnings 12% a year, which helped its stock achieve annualized gains of 5%.
Microsoft ( MSFT) sells hardware and software worldwide, including the Windows operating system. Since 2007, it has increased revenue 6.3% a year, on average, and expanded earnings per share 12% a year. Its stock has declined 5% a year over the same span.
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