Earnings Outlook: Oracle earnings: Can NetSuite acquisition help win the race against Salesforce?

Oracle Corp. managed to win a fight for its acquisition of NetSuite, but that just means ever-combative founder Larry Ellison can gird for other battles.

Oracle ORCL, +0.62% is scheduled to report fiscal second-quarter earnings after trading closes Thursday, the first quarterly report for the software giant since its $9.3 billion deal for cloud-software company NetSuite passed a shareholder vote in November despite vocal opposition. The addition of NetSuite’s cloud revenue — the company reported total sales of $741.1 million in its most recent fiscal year — could be a big help in Ellison’s goal of beating rival Salesforce.com IncCRM, +1.75% to $10 billion in cloud revenue.

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