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Cisco Systems vs. Industry Peers

Company

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

 

Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)

 

3Com (NASDAQ:COMS)

 

F5 Networks (NYSE:FFIV)

 

CAPS Community Rating
We prefer 4-star or 5-star stocks.

****

YES

***

no

**

no

***

no

CAPS 1000
We like stocks rated "outperform" by 80% of top CAPS members.

96.0% Outperform

YES

87.0% Outperform

YES

62.5% Outperform

no

72.7% Outperform

no

Five-Year Revenue Growth
We like to see five-year revenue growth of at least 10%.

12.3%

YES

16.9%

YES

17.7%

YES

32.1%

YES

Gross Margin (TTM)
We like to see gross margins of 35% or higher.

65.4%

YES

70.4%

YES

59.3%

YES

81.7%

YES

Total Debt-to-Equity
A total debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50 or less gets a check.

0.28

YES

0

YES

0.18

YES

0

YES

Return on Equity
We look for a minimum of 14% return on equity.

16.5%

YES

8.9%

no

10.3%

no

10.7%

no

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