The Word on the Street: What Analysts Recommend for Cisco Systems


Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET

Shareholder returns and stock trends

Cisco Systems (CSCO) has generated investor returns of 5.9% in the trailing 12-month period, and -3.9% in the trailing one-month period. By comparison, it generated 0.6% in 2015 and 12.2% YTD (year-to-date). The company’s share price rose by 0.5% in the trailing five-day period.

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

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Moving averages

On November 1, 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:

  • 0.1% above its 100-day moving average of $30.44
  • 1.9% below its 50-day moving average of $31.07
  • 0.5% below its 20-day moving average of $30.63


A stock’s MACD (moving average convergence divergence) is the difference between its short-term and long-term moving averages. Cisco’s 14-day MACD is -0.2. This negative figure indicates an upward trading trend.

The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) is 45, which shows that the stock is slightly 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 37 analysts covering Cisco, 21 have issued “buy” recommendations. One has issued a “sell” recommendation, while 15 have issued “hold” recommendations on the stock.

The consensus analyst stock price target for the company is $33.26, with a median target estimate of $34. This means that Cisco is trading at a discount of 11.5% to its median target.

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