Shareholder returns and stock trends

Cisco Systems (CSCO) has generated investor returns of 31.2% in the trailing-12-month period and 4.2% in the trailing-one-month period. By comparison, it has generated 15.2% in 2016 and 13.8% YTD (year-to-date). The company’s share price has risen 1.0% in the trailing-five-day period.

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

How Analysts See Cisco in May 2017

Moving averages

On May 5, 2017, Cisco closed the trading day at $34.39. Based on this figure, here’s how the stock fared in terms of its moving averages:

  • 6.2% above its 100-day moving average of $32.37
  • 2% above its 50-day moving average of $33.73
  • 3.2% above its 20-day moving average of $33.32

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 0.09. This positive figure indicates an upward trading trend.

The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) is 90, which shows that the stock is slightly overbought. 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 33 analysts covering Cisco stock, 20 have issued “buy” recommendations, while none has issued a “sell” recommendation, but 13 have issued a “hold” recommendation.

The consensus analyst stock price target for the company is $35.86, with a median target estimate of $36. This means Cisco is trading at a discount of 4.7% to its median target price.

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