A sputtering economy, implosions at financial institutions, or just plain bad management -- on any given day, investors can name a number of reasons to sell a stock. Yet while panic is never beneficial to investors, it's good practice to play devil's advocate with investments from time to time.
Members of the 115,000-person Motley Fool CAPS community have weighed in on more than 5,400 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
In the case of tech bellwether Cisco
Corporate spending squeeze. While Hewlett-Packard
Nimble competition. Some CAPS members see Cisco's routers getting dated, and competitors like Juniper Networks
U.S. lead dwindling. While a global player, the majority of Cisco's revenue still comes from the U.S., which, according to recent studies, is falling behind other countries in broadband quality and investment in technology. In her book Closing the Innovation Gap, former Cisco exec Judy Estrin even says we're benefiting from work done decades ago and "not planting any more seeds" for future innovation. Some Cisco bears in CAPS echo concerns about foreign competition.
Of course, Cisco has survived and thrived despite dozens of obstacles to date. But the importance of questions about whether the company will continue to do so profitably is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock can trace his desire to be an inventor back to grade school, when he aspired to develop wedgie-thwarting underpants. He owns shares of Intel. Dell and Intel are Inside Value recommendations. The Fool's disclosure policy can't keep you from stepping in dog poop, but will help you clean it off your shoes.