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

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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 2.3%. By the end of trading, Cisco Systems rose $0.25 (1.2%) to $21.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 34,796,842 shares of Cisco Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,221,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.70-$21.89 after having opened the day at $21.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.57. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), up 10.7%, Echelon Corporation ( ELON), up 10.0%, Cray ( CRAY), up 9.0% and Datalink Corporation ( DTLK), up 8.7%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $112.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 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 reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Identive Group ( INVE), down 3.3% and Riverbed Technology ( RVBD), down 2.0%.

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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