Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the seven stocks below are the highest rated in the computer communications industry.
CAPS contains more than just the crowd's opinions. The votes of CAPS' best-performing members, known as All-Stars, count more in shaping each company's rating than do the picks of their poorer-performing peers. That way, the highest-rated companies are not just the most popular companies in the industry, in this case Cisco Systems
Generally speaking, Cisco serves as a decent proxy for the entire industry. Cisco's positive earnings report two weeks ago managed to pump up the entire networking sector, as Cisco is seen as a bellwether for the rest of the sector. Specifically, the 4.7% sales increase and small earnings growth was much better than what analysts expected. It's not the only one benefiting from a positive networking market. F5 Networks
The highest-rated networking stock is...
Looking at the aggregate data, we see that our community rates Digi International
Digi is an emerging leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) and wireless networking markets. The company's forward thinking hardware solutions are making it possible to bring a plethora of new information online and in the hands of key decision makers. The Smart Grid, along with several other remote wireless monitoring application verticals, present a huge opportunity for Digi. For example, Digi's partnership with COMV to supply wireless equipment/thermostats for TXU's residential energy program represents a market opportunity of $150 million. Management has indicated that as many as 10 smart technology integrators (e.g.: Itron, Comverse) are reselling various Digi products or using them pilot programs.
Here are the rest of the seven highest-rated companies in the industry along with their CAPS rating:
CAPS Rating (out of 5)
Market Cap (in millions)
Brocade Communications Systems
Source: Motley Fool CAPS as of Nov. 7.
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