Cisco Systems is a communication equipment business based in the US. Cisco Systems stocks (CSCO.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $59.53 – a decrease of 0.21% over the previous week. Cisco Systems employs 79,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $49.8 billion.
How to buy Cisco Systems stock in Canada
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- Buy your Cisco Systems stocks. It's that simple.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Cisco Systems?
- Has coronavirus impacted Cisco Systems shares?
- Cisco Systems shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Cisco Systems stock a buy or sell?
- Cisco Systems performance over time
- Can I short Cisco Systems shares?
- Is Cisco Systems suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Cisco Systems shares over-valued?
- Cisco Systems's financials
- How volatile are Cisco Systems shares?
- Does Cisco Systems pay a dividend?
- Have Cisco Systems shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has Coronavirus impacted Cisco Systems's stock price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Cisco Systems's stock price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $56.73, which is 18.39% up on its pre-crash value of $46.295 and 75.09% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $32.4001.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Cisco Systems stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $743.55 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,219.13.
Cisco Systems stock priceUse our graph to track the performance of CSCO stocks over time.
Cisco Systems stocks at a glance
|Latest market close||$56.73|
|52-week range||$34.5086 - $60.27|
|50-day moving average||$57.4506|
|200-day moving average||$53.7375|
|Wall St. target price||$62.3|
|Dividend yield||$1.46 (2.58%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$2.5|
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
Cisco Systems price performance over time
|1 week (2021-09-20)||1.50%|
|1 month (2021-08-27)||-3.88%|
|3 months (2021-06-25)||6.92%|
|6 months (2021-03-26)||7.91%|
|1 year (2020-09-25)||47.54%|
|2 years (2019-09-27)||16.15%|
|3 years (2018-09-27)||17.38%|
|5 years (2016-09-27)||80.21%|
Is Cisco Systems under- or over-valued?
Valuing Cisco Systems stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Cisco Systems's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Cisco Systems's P/E ratio
Cisco Systems's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Cisco Systems stocks trade at around 23x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the stocks or simply that they're under-valued.
Cisco Systems's PEG ratio
Cisco Systems's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 9.8356. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Cisco Systems's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Cisco Systems's EBITDA
Cisco Systems's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$15.5 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Cisco Systems's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Cisco Systems financials
|Revenue TTM||USD$49.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||27.63%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$31.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||8.94%|
|Return on equity TTM||26.75%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$239.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell Cisco Systems stocks
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "CSCO.US"
- Choose your position size.
- Select "sell" rather than "buy".
- Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.
There are currently 41.8 million Cisco Systems stocks held short by investors – that's known as Cisco Systems's "short interest". This figure is 14.1% up from 36.7 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Cisco Systems stocks can be evaluated.
Cisco Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Cisco Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Cisco Systems stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Cisco Systems stocks traded daily (recently around 15.6 million). Cisco Systems's SIR currently stands at 2.69. In other words for every 100,000 Cisco Systems stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 2690 stocks are currently held short.
However Cisco Systems's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Cisco Systems stocks, or, against the total number of tradable Cisco Systems stocks (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Cisco Systems's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding stocks (for every 100,000 Cisco Systems stocks in existence, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0099% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable Cisco Systems stocks, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Cisco Systems.
Find out more about how you can short Cisco Systems stock.
Cisco Systems's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Cisco Systems.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Cisco Systems's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 12.85
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Cisco Systems's overall score of 12.85 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Cisco Systems is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Cisco Systems's environmental score
Environmental score: 1.54/100
Cisco Systems's environmental score of 1.54 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cisco Systems is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Cisco Systems's social score
Social score: 6.94/100
Cisco Systems's social score of 6.94 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cisco Systems is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Cisco Systems's governance score
Governance score: 5.37/100
Cisco Systems's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Cisco Systems is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Cisco Systems's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Cisco Systems scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Cisco Systems has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||12.85|
|Total ESG percentile||3.94|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||2|
Cisco Systems stock dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 45.65% of net profits
Recently Cisco Systems has paid out, on average, around 45.65% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.61% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Cisco Systems shareholders could enjoy a 2.61% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cisco Systems's case, that would currently equate to about $1.46 per share.
While Cisco Systems's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Cisco Systems may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Cisco Systems's most recent dividend payout was on 28 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 4 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Cisco Systems stocks ever split?
Cisco Systems stocks were split on a 2:1 basis on 23 March 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Cisco Systems stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower stock price could have impacted the market appetite for Cisco Systems stocks which in turn could have impacted Cisco Systems's stock price.
Cisco Systems stock price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Cisco Systems's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $34.5086 up to $60.27. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Cisco Systems's is 0.9007. This would suggest that Cisco Systems's stocks are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Cisco Systems overview
Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, Japan, and China. It provides infrastructure platforms, including networking technologies of switching, routing, wireless, and data center products that are designed to work together to deliver networking capabilities, and transport and/or store data. The company also offers collaboration products comprising unified communications, Cisco TelePresence, and conferencing, as well as the Internet of Things and analytics software. In addition, it provides security products, such as network security, cloud and email security, identity and access management, advanced threat protection, and unified threat management products. Further, the company offers a range of service and support options for its customers, including technical support and advanced services. It serves businesses of various sizes, public institutions, governments, and service providers. The company sells its products and services directly, as well as through systems integrators, service providers, other resellers, and distributors. Cisco Systems, Inc. has strategic alliances with other companies. Cisco Systems, Inc. was incorporated in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
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