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About Cisco (CSCO)

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is an American technology company based in San Francisco, California. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of a wide range of Internet Protocol (IP) services and products, including networking, security, and cloud technologies.

Cisco was founded in 1984 by Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner. The pair of computer scientists from Stanford University were pioneers in the development of the system for connecting computers in different locations, also known as local area network (LAN).

The company’s line of high-technology solutions include networking hardware and software, telecommunications equipment, routers, network, and domain security, wireless technology, access points, firewalls, Internet of Things (IoT), and synchronous optical networking.

Cisco has acquired a broad range of companies over the years, including Jabber Inc., Jasper Technologies, and OpenDNS. These strategic moves have helped the company expand its presence into specific and innovative tech sectors. 

Cisco clients are spread across many industries, from providing infrastructure to private service providers, to public institutions and governments.

CSCO stock price

The Cisco share price, like those of other publicly-traded companies, is directly related to the company’s quarterly and annual revenues, which reflect the demand for its products and services.

Cisco reached a market capitalization of $224 million in 1990, right after going public, followed by a record-high of $500 billion (amidst the dot-com bubble) in 2002, to become the most valuable company in the world.

However, many analysts have been disappointed by Cisco’s subsequent performance. Recent US-China trade war tensions have also affected many U.S. tech companies, with no sign of improvement in the near term. That said, CSCO stock remains a consistent performer and the company continues to bet on new technologies to reignite growth.

For many people, a single Cisco Share may look unaffordable. However, at Uphold you don’t have to buy a whole share, and, as with cryptos, you can buy fractions from as little as $1.00.

The Cisco stock price is ultimately determined by the law of the market: supply and demand. Traders around the world put up ask (selling) and bid (buying) orders, and the result is the current CSCO price, which is in constant change.

What the bears are saying

  • Cisco never recovered from the dot-com bubble peak: CSCO's past peak valuation is still fresh in many investors' minds, who keep pondering if Cisco's glory days as a high-growth company are over.
  • The US-China trade war is only getting started: China, once a major market for Cisco, is now holding back orders over national security concerns.
  • Competition from all sides: The company faces varied competitors, from emerging markets to highly innovative startups and more established, well-funded companies alike. The shortlist includes Microsoft, Juniper, Aruba, Huawei, HP, and IBM.

What the bulls are saying

  • Recent acquisitions promise new growth: Intriguing recent acquisitions such as ThousandEyes, a network intelligence company, confirms Cisco's intention to move into more innovative technologies.
  • Too big to fail: Cisco is one of the top U.S. companies in terms of cash flow, with an established infrastructure that for many clients can prove to be too costly to replace. Network security is also an increasing priority for many businesses and governments around the world.
  • Strong dividends: CSCO is considered to be one of the best dividend-paying stocks, with an annualized payout of $1.44 per share.

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This article is for informational purposes only and takes no account of particular personal or market circumstances, and should not be relied upon as investment, tax, or legal advice. For investment, tax, or legal advice, and before taking any action you should consult your own advisors. Note that assets such as equities present unique risks for investors.

This content is correct as of October 2020

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