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Word on Wall Street for Cisco: 60% Recommend a ‘Buy’

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Shareholder returns and stock trends

Cisco Systems (CSCO) has generated investor returns of 23.5% in the trailing 12-month period and 0.70% in the trailing one-month period. By comparison, it generated 15.2% in 2015 and 0.50% YTD (year-to-date). The company’s share price rose 1.0% in the trailing five-day period.

By comparison, Europe’s (EFA) Nokia (NOK), Ericsson (ERIC), and Juniper Networks (JNPR), all Cisco’s peers in the communications equipment space, generated returns of -28.0%, -36.0%, and 4.0%, respectively, in 2016.

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Moving averages

On January 10, 2017, Cisco closed the trading day at $30.38. Based on this figure, here’s how the stock fared in terms of its moving averages:

  • 1.1% below its 100-day moving average of $30.71
  • 0.03% below its 50-day moving average of $30.37
  • 0.13% below its 20-day moving average of $30.42

MACD and RSI

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 -0.20. This negative figure indicates an upward trading trend.

The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) is 41, which shows that the stock is slightly oversold. Generally, if an RSI is above 70, it indicates that a stock is overbought. An RSI below 30 suggests that a stock has been oversold.

Analyst recommendations

Of the 35 analysts covering Cisco stock, 21 have issued “buy” recommendations. One has issued a “sell” recommendation, and 13 have issued a “hold.”

The consensus analyst stock price target for the company is $33.11, with a median target estimate of $34. That means Cisco is trading at a discount of 12.0% to its median target price.

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