Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-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 $96 billion
Industry Communications equipment
Revenue $42.36 billion
Management Chairman/CEO John Chambers
CFO Frank Calderoni
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 18.1%
Cash/Debt $40.23 billion / $15.24 billion
Dividend Yield 1.4%
Competitors Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ)
Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 10,700 members who have rated Cisco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Sparticus501 and marshgerda.

Just last month, Sparticus501 tapped Cisco as a particularly timely opportunity: "Even though this company took a hit in recent months, it still dominates the router and switch market and will in the future. Right now the stock is cheap."

Cisco even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 21.8%. That's higher than that of main rivals Alcatel-Lucent (0.7%), Hewlett-Packard (9.9%), and Juniper (18.1%).

CAPS member marshgerda elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

Unlike many, I do not mind these "out-of-favor" old "new economy" stocks. They will never re-live the go-go days of the late nineties, but nor will they plunge like they did in early 2000s. Cisco is $10 below their 52 week high. They seem to have formed a bottom. Their size gives them a moat. I like the start of a dividend.

Of course what I like the most is the price and the balance sheet. They have about 40 billion (with a b) of cash. ... So they have dry powder to buy companies that can add to their income stream. Backing out the excess cash, I calculate a 12% earnings yield, which is extremely solid.

I will have no trouble sleeping at night holding CSCO.

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