4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Cisco Systems


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, networking giant Cisco Systems (NAS: CSCO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Cisco's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Cisco facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Jose, Calif. (1984)

Market Cap

$106.6 billion


Communications equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$43.7 billion


Chairman/CEO John Chambers
CFO Frank Calderoni

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$44.4 billion / $16.9 billion

Dividend Yield



Juniper Networks

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 10,824 members who have rated Cisco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, All-Star joryko, highlighted a few good reasons to look into Cisco:

- A dividend. Despite its small nature I'm still a fan as it is a good way to use some of their roughly $28 billion in [net cash]. Similarly they've also been slowly repurchasing shares.

- Forward P/E of 10 with an estimated EPS of $1.75 in 2012 ... Good upside over the long run.

- Fixing last year's problems. Most of the issues that arose last year have been dealt with and will allow management to turn back to the company's actual operations.

Long story short the worst days are behind this company, and it is still undervalued at its current price. Long term hold.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Cisco Systems. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Cisco Systems. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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