Oracle\u2019s fiscal fourth-quarter results are set to top expectations, led by a surge in revenue from new software licenses, the company said Thursday.Preliminary results for the company\u2019s fourth quarter showed a 32 percent increase in new license revenue, to US$2.1 billion. The company\u2019s previous guidance had predicted a rise of 8 percent to 18 percent. Oracle\u2019s license revenue from applications grew 83 percent during the quarter, pushed higher by its acquisitions of Siebel Systems and Retek.Excluding applications acquired through recent acquisitions, Oracle\u2019s revenue from applications rose 56 percent. Database revenue, the company\u2019s bread and butter, rose 18 percent during the quarter.The increase in new license revenue pushed the company\u2019s revenue up 25 percent, to $4.9 billion during the quarter. That also topped the company\u2019s earlier guidance, set at growth of 12 percent to 17 percent.Oracle\u2019s preliminary results pushed the company\u2019s stock higher by nearly 7 percent in after-hours trading. The company will announce its fourth-quarter results on June 22.-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service (Beijing Bureau)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.