How to buy Cisco Systems (CSCO) shares in the UK

Cisco is an information technology and networking company. In July 2019, Cisco successfully bought Acacia Communications.

Cisco Systems Inc
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Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO) is a leading communication equipment business based in the US. It opened the day at $59.33 after a previous close of $59.53. During the day the price has varied from a low of $59.28 to a high of $59.6592. The latest price was $59.42 (25 minute delay). Cisco Systems is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 79,500 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Cisco Systems

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: CSCO in this case.
  5. Research Cisco Systems shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Cisco Systems shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Cisco Systems's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Cisco Systems's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $55.25, which is 16.21% up on its pre-crash value of $46.295 and 70.52% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $32.4001.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Cisco Systems shares at the start of February 2020, those shares 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 $1,187.32.

Cisco Systems share price (NASDAQ:CSCO)

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Cisco Systems shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-03.
Previous close$59.53
Change %-0.1848%
Information last updated 2021-10-15.
52-week range$34.277 - $59.8656
50-day moving average$56.6541
200-day moving average$54.3601
Wall St. target price$62.29
PE ratio22.1
Dividend yield$1.46 (2.62%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$2.5
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Is it a good time to buy Cisco Systems stock?

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Cisco Systems price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $59.42

1 week (2021-10-07) 8.00%
1 month (2021-09-17) 4.52%
3 months (2021-07-17) 10.75%
6 months (2021-04-16) 12.54%
1 year (2020-10-16) 47.96%
2 years (2019-10-16) 26.99%
3 years (2018-10-16) 29.68%
5 years (2016-10-14) 96.89%

Is Cisco Systems under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

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 22x. In other words, Cisco Systems shares trade at around 22x 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 shares or simply that they're under-valued.

PEG ratio

Cisco Systems's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.8413. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

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 share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


Cisco Systems's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $15.5 billion (£11.3 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Cisco Systems's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.


Revenue TTM $49.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 27.63%
Gross profit TTM $31.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.94%
Return on equity TTM 26.75%
Profit margin 21.26%
Book value $9.788
Market capitalisation $233 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Cisco Systems shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "CSCO.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 36.6 million Cisco Systems shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 13.4% down from 42.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Cisco Systems shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Cisco Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Cisco Systems shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Cisco Systems shares traded daily (recently around 17.5 million). Cisco Systems's SIR currently stands at 2.09. In other words for every 100,000 Cisco Systems shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2090 shares are currently held short.

However Cisco Systems's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Cisco Systems shares, or, against the total number of tradable Cisco Systems shares (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 shares (for every 100,000 Cisco Systems shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0087% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Cisco Systems shares, roughly 9 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Cisco Systems.

Find out more about how you can short Cisco Systems stock.

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.

Total ESG risk score

Cisco Systems's 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.).

Environmental score

Cisco Systems's 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.

Social score

Cisco Systems's 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.

Governance score

Cisco Systems's 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.

Controversy score

Cisco Systems's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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

Cisco Systems Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 12.85
Total ESG percentile 3.94
Environmental score 1.54
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 6.94
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 5.37
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Cisco Systems share dividends


Dividend yield: 2.62% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 2.66% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 45.65% of net profits

Cisco Systems has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.62% of its share value annually.

Cisco Systems has paid out, on average, around 45.65% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.66% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 2.66% 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 it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Cisco Systems's most recent dividend payout was on 27 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Cisco Systems's shares ever split?

Cisco Systems's shares 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 shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cisco Systems shares which in turn could have impacted Cisco Systems's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cisco Systems's shares have ranged in value from as little as $34.277 up to $59.8656. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CSCO.US volatility(beta: 0.92)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Cisco Systems's is 0.9201. This would suggest that Cisco Systems's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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Cisco Systems overview

In February 2021, Cisco Systems acquired IMImobile, a software-application business based in the UK.

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