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Oracle stock spikes on upgrade, cloud prospects

Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle
Adam Jeffery | CNBC
Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle

Shares of Oracle rose about 1.6 percent on Tuesday after an analyst was optimistic on the company's cloud growth.

BMO Capital Markets raised its rating on Oracle to "outperform" on Tuesday, writing that the technology company provides "consistency and growth" in spite of declining new software license revenue.

The company's cloud promotions around software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), as well as recent acquisitions, should provide strong organic revenue growth, BMO analyst Keith Bachman wrote in a research note.

"We believe Cloud SaaS and PaaS revenue growth will remain very strong throughout our forecast period, due in part to management's aggressive push into the cloud," Bachman wrote.

Also on Tuesday, NetSuite shares popped about 11 percent after unconfirmed rumors in connection with a takeover by Oracle. No major news websites carried the report. Oracle declined to comment to CNBC.