Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, networking giant Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) has earned a respected four-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

$134.9 billion


Communications equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$36.1 billion


Chairman / CEO John Chambers

CFO Frank Calderoni

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$35 billion / $10.3 billion


Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR)
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ)

CAPS Members Bullish on CSCO Also Bullish on


CAPS Members Bearish on CSCO Also Bearish on

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 8,709 members who have rated Cisco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include PatrickDickey and All-Star JohnPRutledge, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last week, PatrickDickey reminded Fools of Cisco's ubiquitous nature:

The Internet still runs on Cisco Systems. And they've got their hands in a lot of different cookie jars. They are expanding into the home in a lot of ways (from Linksys equipment to Scientific Atlanta TV converters). So, they'll be around for a long time, and a part of our lives for a long time.

In an earlier pitch, JohnPRutledge elaborates:

Cisco makes the roads upon which almost all of the Internet's traffic runs. I believe more people will exchange more information digitally next year than this, and more and more with each passing year. Email, online video, web conferencing etc. will soon become the standard. And for that to happen, a boatload of Cisco products and services will be required. … Cisco is the dominant player in the biggest growth industry that no one seems to recognize at this juncture.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection, and Microsoft is an Inside Value pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.