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Cisco: Under the Radar Value with 5G and Cloud

10/02/2019 5:00 am EST

Focus: TECHNOLOGY

Joe Duarte

Editor, Joe Duarte In the Money Options

Networking giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) — the former high star stock from the 1980s — has languished in the wallflower bin for the past several months due to investor fears about the U.S.-China trade war and the lack of a major catalyst to return it to its former glory days, asserts Dr. Joe Duarte, editor of In the Money Options.

But over the last four weeks, CSCO has bottomed out and in the current market, due to its 9.55 P/E ratio and the potential for an improvement in the trade dynamic between the U.S. and China, the stock has the potential to move back toward the high 50s in the next few weeks, barring a drastic reversal in these two factors.

Cisco’s stock took a beating after its most recent earnings report as the company cited a rapid decline in its Asia-Pacific-Japan business. What really hit the stock was the CEO’s characterization of the decline being due to China not even allowing the company to bid on projects.

On the positive side, however, is that the company is transitioning its sales and product development cycle into a subscription model which is still in the early stages of development.

This will be a huge boost when it kicks into high gear as corporations start to put their 5G infrastructure in place as well as improving their capacity to deal with rising cloud demands on systems.

The bottom line for Cisco is that the stock is inexpensive at a moment when value is back in vogue at the same time that the company’s management cycle is gearing up for growth in its business.

Investors may have to be patient, but it is possible that Cisco gets caught up in the transition of momentum to value. If that’s the case, unless the entire financial system collapses, I would expect Cisco to move back toward the high 50s over the next few weeks to months.

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