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What: Shares of networking giant Cisco Systems
So what: Cisco’s revenue and adjusted earnings both came in ahead of analyst expectations, which provided a nice bonus to patient shareholders. However, both beats were fairly narrow in nature. CEO John Chambers had effectively tamped down expectations in his last quarterly update, warning that Europe (what else?) would pose challenges to global tech spending growth. However, the market’s reaction was clearly driven primarily by the dividend hike, with a nice helping of cautious optimism propelling the stock forward.
Now what: Cisco isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Its operations spin off cash with the best of them, and it’s long past the time when investors should be looking to "old tech" for monstrous growth rates and greedy capital spending. The company reported nearly $50 billion in cash and short-term investments this quarter, so there’s more than enough of a war chest to support this dividend hike. Alongside Intel
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