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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO  ) popped 18% in intraday trading today after reporting better-than-expected earnings and giving investors reason to believe its turnaround plan will work.

So what: Non-GAAP EPS of $0.40 fell 7% year-over-year but beat the $0.38 consensus estimate. GAAP EPS of $0.22 fell 33% year over year, hurt by $768 million of restructuring and other charges. Revenue increased 3% year over year, helped by services revenue growth of 12%.

Now what: Networking rivals Juniper Networks (Nasdaq: JNPR  ) , Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD  ) , and Brocade Communications Systems (Nasdaq: BRCD  ) plunged after investors were disappointed with their recent earnings announcements, so expectations were low heading into Cisco's announcement. What's more, Cisco has a head start on its competitors in dealing with a tougher environment because the company began revamping last year after its results turned disappointing. To that end, CEO John Chambers stated yesterday that, "We've made significant progress on our comprehensive action plan to position ourselves for our next stage of growth and profitability...[now] you will see a very focused, agile, lean and aggressive company..."

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2011, at 2:49 PM, chadhenage13 wrote:

    Sorry not buying it, earnings down, revenue up 3% and this causes the stock to jump as much as 18%? Cisco is going to have to show me more then a 3% increase is revenue and negative earnings growth to get me interested.

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2011, at 4:07 PM, cuellarjj wrote:

    The 18% jump most likely indicates it was oversold to begin with.

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