This week, Oracle and Research in Motion both report earnings. Big options volume ahead of the reports. Here are my ideas:
* ORCL. Oracle was hit this week with reports from Lehman that database revenues would disappoint investors this quarter. The data apparently come from customer surveys. Personally I don't have much confidence in this, as databases remain very important to the web industry as a whole. The report however did provide a nice haircut and profit taking move to the downside over the past week. This leaves ORCL in a great risk reward position. Expectations may be dampened enough that a weak report will not trigger much of a downside move in price. I like the risk/reward going long ahead of earnings tomorrow.
* RIMM. Research in Motion is likely poised to report blowout numbers after releasing the popular BlackBerry Pearl this quarter. Analysts are probably being conservative in their estimates of Pearl sales. The downside here is that RIMM has moved up so much that all the good news may be in the stock; any weakness would be severely punished. Palm Inc. reports on Tuesday, so investors may be looking at Treo sales as indicative of what RIMM may be capable of delivering. I think this is apples and oranges - if there is any downside move in RIMM because of what Palm does, I would consider it a buying opportunity.
Summary: long ORCL, cautious on RIMM unless Palm gives us a way to get into it cheaply.