Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO] stock Upgrade by New Street analyst, price target now $60

Cisco Systems Inc. [NASDAQ: CSCO] loss -0.75% or -0.34 points to close at $44.77 with a heavy trading volume of 14631302 shares. The company report on January 12, 2021 that Acacia Communications Files Counterclaim Against Cisco.

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Acacia Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACIA) (“Acacia” or “the Company”) announced that it filed its answer and affirmative defenses in response to the complaint filed by Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) (“Cisco”) in the Delaware Court of Chancery and simultaneously filed a counterclaim against Cisco seeking a declaration that Acacia validly terminated the merger agreement with Cisco because the required Chinese regulatory approval was not obtained and the merger did not close before the agreed-upon termination date under the agreement.

As previously announced, on January 8, 2021, Acacia delivered to Cisco a notice to terminate the merger agreement for the proposed acquisition of Acacia by Cisco. The transaction was conditioned on the satisfaction or mutual waiver of agreed-upon closing conditions, including obtaining necessary regulatory approvals. The merger agreement afforded the parties 18 months to obtain the necessary antitrust approvals from the Chinese government before, as Acacia asserts, either Acacia or Cisco could terminate the agreement on January 8, 2021. Such approval was not received before January 8, 2021, and Acacia delivered a notice of termination of the merger agreement on that date. Cisco has initiated litigation against Acacia in Delaware challenging the Company’s termination of the merger agreement, claiming that the Chinese Government’s State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) approval was received on January 7, 2021.

It opened the trading session at $44.75, the shares rose to $44.885 and dropped to $44.23, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for CSCO points out that the company has recorded -5.57% loss over the past six months. However, it is still -38.18% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 22.62M shares, CSCO reached to a volume of 14631302 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for CSCO shares is $48.78 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on CSCO stock is a recommendation set at 2.40. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

New Street have made an estimate for Cisco Systems Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on November 13, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Citigroup dropped their target price from $48 to $43. The new note on the price target was released on October 12, 2020, representing the official price target for Cisco Systems Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $41, while UBS analysts kept a Neutral rating on CSCO stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Cisco Systems Inc. is set at 0.77, with the Price to Sales ratio for CSCO stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.97. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 4.96, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 7.05. Price to Free Cash Flow for CSCO in the course of the last twelve months was 20.84 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.50.

Trading performance analysis for CSCO stock

Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.84. With this latest performance, CSCO shares dropped by -0.25% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -5.57% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -8.63% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for CSCO stock in for the last two-week period is set at 52.04, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 46.15, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 55.22 for Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 43.75, while it was recorded at 45.17 for the last single week of trading, and 43.07 for the last 200 days.

Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO] shares currently have an operating margin of +28.60 and a Gross Margin at +63.98. Cisco Systems Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +22.75.

Return on Total Capital for CSCO is now 25.23, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 22.84. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 31.37, with Return on Assets sitting at 11.64. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 41.10. Additionally, CSCO Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 29.13, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 16.43. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 32.28, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 22.87.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO] managed to generate an average of $144,697 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 4.67 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.51.Cisco Systems Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.50 and a Current Ratio set at 1.60.

Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Cisco Systems Inc. posted 0.77/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.76/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 1.30%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for CSCO. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Cisco Systems Inc. go to 7.50%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO]

There are presently around $134,335 million, or 74.00% of CSCO stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of CSCO stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 334,105,443, which is approximately -1.503% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 321,423,547 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $14.39 billion in CSCO stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $8.25 billion in CSCO stock with ownership of nearly -1.602% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Cisco Systems Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of November and at the time of the November reporting period, where 1,146 institutional holders increased their position in Cisco Systems Inc. [NASDAQ:CSCO] by around 132,693,804 shares. Additionally, 1,259 investors decreased positions by around 177,456,313 shares, while 187 investors held positions by with 2,690,415,983 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 3,000,566,100 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. CSCO stock had 114 new institutional investments in for a total of 26,564,419 shares, while 154 institutional investors sold positions of 18,308,085 shares during the same period.

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