The price of Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) over the past year has increased 22.31% while the S&P 500 has increased 18.38%. During the past 20 days, ORCL has decreased -2.97% while the broad market has increased 2.67%. ORCL ‘s 20-day moving average currently sits above its 100-day moving average. This is a bullish signal that suggests the stock price might continue to rise. ORCL’s average trading volume during the past 20 days is lower than the average volume over the past 100 days, which could be an indication that investors are feeling less certain than usual about the direction of ORCL’s future price movements.

Recent trading patterns in the stock of Oracle Corporation (ORCL) have investors on high alert. Many experts agree that the best way to predict future performance is by studying the past. In the cast of ORCL, these trading patterns could have some important implications for future performance. In the most recent quarter, institutional ownership decreased by a net of 9.43 million shares, or 0.39%.This is a bearish sign and indicates that institutions are feeling more pessimistic about the outlook for ORCL overall.786 holders increased their positions, 719 decreased their positions, and 218 holders held their positions.

Among institutions that increased their positions, 105 were new positions. Among holders that decreased their positions, 83 sold out of the stock Oracle Corporation. Insider ownership during the latest quarter decreased by a net of 274023 shares, indicating that ORCL’s key executives are feeling more bearish about the stock than they did three months ago. This activity represents a continuation of a theme over the past twelve months. Insider ownership during the last year has decreased by a net of 9.55 million shares. 1.89% of insider trades in the last 12 months were buys, and 98.11% were sells.

Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) has a 20-day RSI of 40.68%. According to this momentum indicator, a reading between 30 and 70 suggests the stock is not especially cheap or expensive, and not on the brink of a trend reversal. The MACD tells a different story. ORCL’s 9-day MACD currently sits above the 20-day MACD, indicating that ORCL’s downside momentum has increased during the last three weeks. This suggests that the trend will likely continue. ORCL’s average trading volatility during the past few weeks is 12% higher than the average volatility over the past 100 days. This means that the stock’s daily price swings have been more extreme in recent times compared to the past.

Analysts expect Oracle Corporation (ORCL) to generate earnings per share of $2.68 in 2017. This works out to an increase of 7.63% compared to last year’s earnings. For comparison’s sake, analysts expect the S&P 500 to grow earnings by an average of 12% in 2017. The average investment rating for ORCL on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong sell and 5 being a strong buy) is a 4.30 or a Moderate Buy. Three months ago, analysts assigned ORCL a 4.38 rating, which implies that analysts have become more pessimistic about the outlook for the stock over the next year.