What Do Analysts Think about Cisco Systems?


Aug. 25 2016, Updated 10:04 a.m. ET

Shareholder returns and stock trends

Cisco Systems (CSCO) has generated investor returns of 9.6% in the trailing 12-month period, and 1.9% in the trailing one-month period. In comparison, it generated 0.6% in 2015 and 13% YTD (year-to-date). The company’s share price fell by 1.5% in the trailing five-day period.

In comparison, Europe’s (EFA) Nokia (NOK), Ericsson (ERIC), and Juniper Networks (JNPR), Cisco’s peer companies in the communications equipment subsector, generated returns of -8.5%, 18.2%, and 25.5%, respectively, in 2015.

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Moving averages

On August 18, 2016, Cisco closed the trading day at $30.48. Based on this figure, here’s how the stock fared in terms of its moving averages:

  • 5.7% above its 100-day moving average of $28.83
  • 2.5% above its 50-day moving average of $29.74
  • 1.1% below its 20-day moving average of $30.81

Moving average convergence divergence and the relative strength index

The MACD (moving average convergence divergence) is the difference between a company’s short-term and long-term moving averages. Cisco’s 14-day MACD is 0.40. This positive figure indicates an upward trading trend.

The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) is 50, which shows that the stock is neither overbought nor oversold. Generally, if an RSI is above 70, it indicates that the stock is overbought. An RSI below 30 suggests that a stock has been oversold.

Analyst recommendations

Of the 36 analysts covering Cisco, 20 have “buy” recommendations, one has a “sell” recommendation, and 15 have “hold” recommendations on the stock.

Analysts’ stock price target for the company is $32.81 with a median target estimate of $33. Cisco is trading at a discount of 8.3% to its median target.


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