6.-- Oracle , the business software maker, posted fiscal second-quarter earnings that slipped slightly from a year earlier but still topped analysts' forecasts.

Oracle earned $2.55 billion, or 56 cents a share, compared with profit of $2.58 billion, or 53 cents a share, a year earlier. Adjusted profit in the latest second quarter was 69 cents a share. Analysts expected 67 cents a share.

Revenue rose 2% to $9.28 billion from $9.09 billion. Analysts called for revenue from Oracle of $9.18 billion in the second quarter.

7.-- Dish Network is  considering making a bid for T-Mobile US  next year, Reuters reported, citing people close to the matter.