Trade-Ideas: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Is Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Cisco Systems ( CSCO) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Cisco Systems as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CSCO has 18x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 10.00 mentions/day.
  • CSCO has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $858.6 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on CSCO:

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industries worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.6%. CSCO has a PE ratio of 14.3. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Cisco Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Cisco Systems has been 40.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $138.0 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The stock has a beta of 1.41 and a short float of 1% with 1.52 days to cover. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant 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.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 54.85% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, CSCO should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • CISCO SYSTEMS INC has improved earnings per share by 15.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CISCO SYSTEMS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.49 versus $1.16 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.01 versus $1.49).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Communications Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 14.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2,165.00 million to $2,478.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 14.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Although CSCO's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.67, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

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