No matter what's going on in the market or a specific company's history, there are always reasons to consider buying shares in a business. After all, some of the best opportunities in stocks are born from historically bloody times.
Motley Fool CAPS hosts a boatload of opinions from its more than 115,000 members on more than 5,400 stocks, giving good reasons to own -- or sell -- a stock.
In the case of networking equipment giant Cisco
Moat/competitive advantage. Many CAPS members see Cisco as a best-in-class company, one that dominates by investing heavily in new technology -- like its focus on Web 2.0 today -- that sets it even further apart from competitors like Nortel Networks
Gobs of cash. Investors have always liked Cisco for its ability to generate lots of cash, and recent results are no exception. Cisco’s free cash flow soared 22% to $10.8 billion for the full year 2008, and the company now sits on more than $26 billion in cash and short-term investments. The strong balance sheet gives it plenty of opportunity for acquisitions. In this tough credit environment, Cisco's strong cash flow gives it the upper hand in buyout negotiations. That cash cushion lets the company bide its time until potential acquisitions like EMC
Bargain price. On a broad scale, Cisco is never a bargain stock. But it's P/E of less than 18 today is a mere shadow of the crazy multiples that investors were justifying along with stalwarts Microsoft
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To keep the universe in balance, CAPS publishes bullish and bearish opinions on every stock, which is why CAPS is such a great resource to check and balance your own analysis. To see what the very best CAPS members are saying now about Cisco, just click on over to Motley Fool CAPS and have a look. It's all free, and your opinion's welcome, too.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock thinks three naps a day should be made standard, just like three meals a day. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. Microsoft is an Inside Value recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy is a best-in-class policy.