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Cisco Systems (CSCO) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Cisco Systems (CSCO) closed at $47.39 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.46% move from the prior day. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.69%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.22%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.91%.

Coming into today, shares of the seller of routers, switches, software and services had lost 5.04% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector lost 0.49%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.61%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from CSCO as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be November 13, 2019. On that day, CSCO is projected to report earnings of $0.81 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 8%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $13.08 billion, up 0.02% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $3.35 per share and revenue of $52.85 billion, which would represent changes of +8.06% and +1.83%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for CSCO. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.8% lower within the past month. CSCO currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Digging into valuation, CSCO currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 13.94. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 14.83, so we one might conclude that CSCO is trading at a discount comparatively.

Also, we should mention that CSCO has a PEG ratio of 2.05. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. The Computer - Networking industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 2.12 as of yesterday's close.

The Computer - Networking industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 32, which puts it in the top 13% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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