Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

Cisco Systems ( CSCO) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Cisco Systems rose $0.26 (1.0%) to $25.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 37,454,015 shares of Cisco Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,221,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.06-$25.56 after having opened the day at $25.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.16. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Xplore Technologies Corporation ( XPLR), up 8.9%, Stratasys ( SSYS), up 6.2%, M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings ( MTSI), up 6.0% and Gigamon ( GIMO), up 5.3%.

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 $131.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Cisco Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), down 4.0%, Key Tronic Corporation ( KTCC), down 2.2%, Identive Group ( INVE), down 2.1% and SMART Technologies ( SMT), down 2.1%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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