Cisco Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of CiscoSystems (NAS: CSCO) popped 18% in intraday trading today after reporting better-than-expected earnings and giving investors reason to believe its turnaround plan will work.

So what: Non-GAAP EPS of $0.40 fell 7% year-over-year but beat the $0.38 consensus estimate. GAAP EPS of $0.22 fell 33% year over year, hurt by $768 million of restructuring and other charges. Revenue increased 3% year over year, helped by services revenue growth of 12%.

Now what: Networking rivals (NAS: JNPR) , (NAS: RVBD) , and (NAS: BRCD) plunged after investors were disappointed with their recent earnings announcements, so expectations were low heading into Cisco's announcement. What's more, Cisco has a head start on its competitors in dealing with a tougher environment because the company began revamping last year after its results turned disappointing. To that end, CEO John Chambers stated yesterday that, "We've made significant progress on our comprehensive action plan to position ourselves for our next stage of growth and profitability...[now] you will see a very focused, agile, lean and aggressive company..."

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