With the warning season getting underway, software giant Oracle (ORCL) - Get Report continues to be seen as among those most likely to disappoint. In a note Wednesday, Banc of America analyst Bob Austrian wrote that he was concerned Oracle would come up with an earnings warning soon after its fourth quarter ends Thursday. Austrian rates Oracle a market perform and his firm has not done underwriting for the company.
Thomas Weisel Partners
analyst Robert Schwartz also joined the
speculation Tuesday, lowering his estimates for the fourth quarter to 14 cents per share, the same as the consensus gathered by
Thomson Financial/First Call
. Schwartz's firm has not done underwriting for Oracle, which he rates market perform.
Warning worries have dragged on Oracle's stock for some time. After closing at 18.10 May 21, the stock has slipped under $15. In recent trading, it was down 72 cents, or 4.6%, to $14.89.