5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Cisco Systems

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, networking giant Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Cisco's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Cisco facts

Headquarters (founded) San Jose, Calif. (1984)
Market Cap $89.1 billion
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $45.6 billion
Management Chairman/CEO John Chambers
CFO Frank Calderoni
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 15.9%
Cash/Debt $48.4 billion / $16.4 billion
Dividend Yield 1.9%
Competitors Alcatel-Lucent
Hewlett-Packard

Juniper Networks

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 10,859 members who have rated Cisco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Recently, one of those Fools, mwlove, tapped the stock's recent pullback as a solid bargain opportunity:

Cisco is no longer an innovator, but it does big business and still dominates the router market. It also has enough cash to buy innovation via takeovers. It's back to be priced for disaster, when in fact its corporate overhaul is nearly complete. It's not going to light up the night sky, but Cisco can be a solid performer over the next few years.

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