Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-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, California (1984)

Market Cap

$130.1 billion


Communications equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$37.7 billion


CEO John Chambers
CFO Frank Calderoni

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)


1-yr performance



$39.1 billion / $15.2 billion


Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 9,163 members who have rated Cisco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include KarlBob43 and JustHanginOut.

Last week, Karlbob43 noted how Cisco tended to overdeliver:

Somehow Cisco always seems to give conservative forecasts and then goes on the beat them. They are best in class with a smart management team and lots of cash. The present forecast may be correct for the short term due to the turmoil in Europe, but $32/share in two years is not out of the question.

Last month, JustHanginOut made a similar pitch and urged Fools to look at Cisco over the long term:

So the stock gets pounded right after the company beats earnings and issues conservative guidance. While I hate being on the losing end of a vicious sell-off, I happen to think this is very healthy for a company particularly one that is as strong as Cisco. The way I see it, Cisco is the dominant player in a growing sector and will continue to lead this recovery despite the minor setback.

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Jim Royal, PhD. owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.