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Cisco Systems



) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Cisco Systems rose $0.34 (1.3%) to $25.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 45,270,907 shares of Cisco Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,694,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.42-$26.04 after having opened the day at $25.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.33. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were:




), up 10.4%,

Western Digital Corporation



), up 4.0%,

Brocade Communications Systems



), up 3.4% and

SMART Technologies



), up 2.8%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industries worldwide. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $136.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Cisco Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cisco Systems

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,




), down 10.5%,




), down 5.3%,




), down 5.1% and

Crossroads Systems



), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with




) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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