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Tech Today: Debating Cisco, Dropbox Versus Google, Liking Teradata

Here are some things going on today in the world of tech: Debating Cisco Shares of Cisco Systems (CSCO) are down $1.45, or 3%, at $43.70, after the company yesterday afternoon slightly beat fiscal Q3 revenue and profit expectations, and forecast this quarter’s results more or less in line with consensus. The company continues to make progress in transitioning its business to come from more recurring sources of revenue, and its “campus” switches for corporate networks returned to growth for the first time in several quarters, Chief Financial Officer Kelly Kramer told me in an interview. For the bulls, Paul Silverstein of Cowen & Co. reiterates an Outperform rating, writing that the report is “meaningfully better than [it] appears." “We think the reported numbers understate the true current and longer-term economics of CSCO’s business as measured by both growth and profitability—with ongoing improvement in the quality of CSCO’s earnings and cash flow to boot,” writes Silverstein.