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Greetings All:

This evening I began to research some new businesses for investment. One of the first things I do is look at Return on Equity (ROE) numbers. However, I noticed that the numbers for the same company varied quite a bit depending on what website I was getting them from.

For instance, Oracle (ORCL) on has a ROE of 40.8 and at Schwab's Analyst center, it is 30.5.

Fool's data is listed from Market Guide and is based on the last four quarters, or 12 months,near as I can see. Schwab's data is from S&P and and might simply be based on 1998 annual report figures. Hmm.

Anyone know the answer to this difference in numbers? I would appreciate it very much!

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