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Cisco Systems Competitors

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$44.77
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$42.70
MA: $44.52
$45.79
52-Week Range
$32.40
Now: $45.43
$50.28
Volume1.58 million shs
Average Volume16.27 million shs
Market Capitalization$191.97 billion
P/E Ratio18.47
Dividend Yield3.17%
Beta0.95

Competitors

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) Vs. QCOM, PANW, MSI, FFIV, CIEN, and JNPR

Should you be buying CSCO stock or one of its competitors? Companies in the sub-industry of "communications equipment" are considered alternatives and competitors to Cisco Systems, including QUALCOMM (QCOM), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Motorola Solutions (MSI), F5 Networks (FFIV), Ciena (CIEN), and Juniper Networks (JNPR).

QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

QUALCOMM has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cisco Systems has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares QUALCOMM and Cisco Systems' gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
QUALCOMM$23.53 billion7.55$5.20 billion$3.3447.03
Cisco Systems$49.30 billion3.89$11.21 billion$2.9215.56

Cisco Systems has higher revenue and earnings than QUALCOMM. Cisco Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than QUALCOMM, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

QUALCOMM pays an annual dividend of $2.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Cisco Systems pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. QUALCOMM pays out 77.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cisco Systems pays out 49.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cisco Systems has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Cisco Systems is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for QUALCOMM and Cisco Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
QUALCOMM192012.68
Cisco Systems015902.38

QUALCOMM presently has a consensus price target of $150.84, suggesting a potential downside of 3.98%. Cisco Systems has a consensus price target of $47.4348, suggesting a potential upside of 4.41%. Given Cisco Systems' higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cisco Systems is more favorable than QUALCOMM.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.8% of QUALCOMM shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of Cisco Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of QUALCOMM shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Cisco Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares QUALCOMM and Cisco Systems' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
QUALCOMM22.09%90.74%11.56%
Cisco Systems21.76%32.64%12.94%

Summary

QUALCOMM beats Cisco Systems on 11 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Palo Alto Networks and Cisco Systems' revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Palo Alto Networks$3.41 billion10.23$-267,000,000.00($1.24)-294.25
Cisco Systems$49.30 billion3.89$11.21 billion$2.9215.56

Cisco Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Palo Alto Networks. Palo Alto Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cisco Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Palo Alto Networks has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cisco Systems has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Palo Alto Networks and Cisco Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Palo Alto Networks142702.81
Cisco Systems015902.38

Palo Alto Networks currently has a consensus price target of $338.9394, suggesting a potential downside of 7.11%. Cisco Systems has a consensus price target of $47.4348, suggesting a potential upside of 4.41%. Given Cisco Systems' higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cisco Systems is more favorable than Palo Alto Networks.

Profitability

This table compares Palo Alto Networks and Cisco Systems' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Palo Alto Networks-8.36%-8.66%-1.16%
Cisco Systems21.76%32.64%12.94%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.8% of Palo Alto Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of Cisco Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Palo Alto Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Cisco Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cisco Systems beats Palo Alto Networks on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.6% of Cisco Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.6% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Cisco Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Cisco Systems015902.38
Motorola Solutions121302.75

Cisco Systems currently has a consensus target price of $47.4348, suggesting a potential upside of 4.41%. Motorola Solutions has a consensus target price of $152.5714, suggesting a potential downside of 12.09%. Given Cisco Systems' higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cisco Systems is more favorable than Motorola Solutions.

Risk & Volatility

Cisco Systems has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Motorola Solutions has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cisco Systems pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Motorola Solutions pays an annual dividend of $2.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Cisco Systems pays out 49.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Motorola Solutions pays out 38.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Cisco Systems has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Motorola Solutions has raised its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Cisco Systems is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions' top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Cisco Systems$49.30 billion3.89$11.21 billion$2.9215.56
Motorola Solutions$7.89 billion3.73$868 million$7.4423.33

Cisco Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Motorola Solutions. Cisco Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Motorola Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Cisco Systems21.76%32.64%12.94%
Motorola Solutions10.39%-158.99%11.97%

Summary

Cisco Systems beats Motorola Solutions on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) and F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cisco Systems and F5 Networks' gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Cisco Systems$49.30 billion3.89$11.21 billion$2.9215.56
F5 Networks$2.35 billion5.11$307.44 million$6.6629.29

Cisco Systems has higher revenue and earnings than F5 Networks. Cisco Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than F5 Networks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cisco Systems and F5 Networks' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Cisco Systems21.76%32.64%12.94%
F5 Networks13.08%19.72%9.33%

Volatility and Risk

Cisco Systems has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, F5 Networks has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.6% of Cisco Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.7% of F5 Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Cisco Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of F5 Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Cisco Systems and F5 Networks, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Cisco Systems015902.38
F5 Networks051302.72

Cisco Systems currently has a consensus price target of $47.4348, suggesting a potential upside of 4.41%. F5 Networks has a consensus price target of $187.7778, suggesting a potential downside of 3.75%. Given Cisco Systems' higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cisco Systems is more favorable than F5 Networks.

Summary

F5 Networks beats Cisco Systems on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Cisco Systems and Ciena, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Cisco Systems015902.38
Ciena051502.75

Cisco Systems currently has a consensus price target of $47.4348, suggesting a potential upside of 4.41%. Ciena has a consensus price target of $56.6765, suggesting a potential upside of 6.31%. Given Ciena's stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ciena is more favorable than Cisco Systems.

Risk & Volatility

Cisco Systems has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ciena has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cisco Systems and Ciena's revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Cisco Systems$49.30 billion3.89$11.21 billion$2.9215.56
Ciena$3.53 billion2.33$361.29 million$2.6520.12

Cisco Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Ciena. Cisco Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ciena, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.6% of Cisco Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.0% of Ciena shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Cisco Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Ciena shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cisco Systems and Ciena's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Cisco Systems21.76%32.64%12.94%
Ciena10.23%17.41%10.25%

Summary

Cisco Systems beats Ciena on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

Juniper Networks pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Cisco Systems pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Juniper Networks pays out 66.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cisco Systems pays out 49.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Cisco Systems has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Juniper Networks has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cisco Systems has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.3% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of Cisco Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Cisco Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Juniper Networks and Cisco Systems' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Juniper Networks8.92%8.30%4.29%
Cisco Systems21.76%32.64%12.94%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Juniper Networks and Cisco Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Juniper Networks38802.26
Cisco Systems015902.38

Juniper Networks currently has a consensus target price of $24.8810, suggesting a potential upside of 1.80%. Cisco Systems has a consensus target price of $47.4348, suggesting a potential upside of 4.41%. Given Cisco Systems' stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cisco Systems is more favorable than Juniper Networks.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Juniper Networks and Cisco Systems' gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Juniper Networks$4.45 billion1.81$345 million$1.2120.20
Cisco Systems$49.30 billion3.89$11.21 billion$2.9215.56

Cisco Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Juniper Networks. Cisco Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Juniper Networks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Cisco Systems beats Juniper Networks on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.


Cisco Systems Competitors List

Competitor NameCompetitor BTM RankCompetitor PriceCompetitor Price ChangeCompetitor Market CapCompetitor RevenueCompetitor P/E RatioCompetitor Indicator(s)
QUALCOMM logo
QCOM
QUALCOMM
2.3$157.09+2.4%$178.04 billion$23.53 billion34.68Increase in Short Interest
Palo Alto Networks logo
PANW
Palo Alto Networks
1.6$364.87+0.5%$34.95 billion$3.41 billion-117.70
Motorola Solutions logo
MSI
Motorola Solutions
2.1$173.55+0.0%$29.42 billion$7.89 billion38.83Decrease in Short Interest
F5 Networks logo
FFIV
F5 Networks
1.7$195.10+0.9%$11.81 billion$2.35 billion38.86Upcoming Earnings
Ciena logo
CIEN
Ciena
2.0$53.31+2.2%$8.24 billion$3.53 billion22.98Increase in Short Interest
Juniper Networks logo
JNPR
Juniper Networks
1.9$24.44+0.9%$7.75 billion$4.45 billion21.07
Viasat logo
VSAT
Viasat
1.6$38.69+2.3%$2.61 billion$2.31 billion-1,934.50Increase in Short Interest
EchoStar logo
SATS
EchoStar
1.4$23.90+2.1%$2.17 billion$1.89 billion-24.64Increase in Short Interest
Calix logo
CALX
Calix
1.1$32.77+0.0%$2.02 billion$424.33 million234.07Increase in Short Interest
InterDigital logo
IDCC
InterDigital
2.3$65.66+0.8%$2.02 billion$318.92 million34.20
Infinera logo
INFN
Infinera
1.2$9.62+1.2%$1.74 billion$1.30 billion-6.68
Plantronics logo
PLT
Plantronics
1.2$32.79+0.8%$1.26 billion$1.70 billion-1.58
NETGEAR logo
NTGR
NETGEAR
1.7$38.46+2.5%$1.19 billion$998.76 million43.71
Ribbon Communications logo
RBBN
Ribbon Communications
1.2$6.79+3.1%$995.97 million$563.11 million-4.12
Extreme Networks logo
EXTR
Extreme Networks
1.5$7.76+0.1%$954.58 million$948.02 million-9.46
ADTRAN logo
ADTN
ADTRAN
1.6$16.71+0.2%$801.41 million$530.06 million-49.15Increase in Short Interest
Harmonic logo
HLIT
Harmonic
1.2$7.89+3.0%$761.46 million$402.87 million-20.23
Digi International logo
DGII
Digi International
1.2$19.08+1.4%$554.48 million$279.27 million65.80Analyst Downgrade
Comtech Telecommunications logo
CMTL
Comtech Telecommunications
2.4$22.06+1.2%$551.72 million$616.72 million-6.55
CalAmp logo
CAMP
CalAmp
1.3$10.39+2.1%$363.96 million$366.11 million-3.43
KVH Industries logo
KVHI
KVH Industries
1.3$12.27+0.2%$224.58 million$157.89 million-15.73
Bel Fuse logo
BELFB
Bel Fuse
1.2$16.38+2.7%$202.44 million$492.41 million68.25Increase in Short Interest
Aviat Networks logo
AVNW
Aviat Networks
1.1$35.57+0.6%$194.25 million$238.64 million32.34
PCTEL logo
PCTI
PCTEL
2.3$6.54+2.8%$123.93 million$90.62 million34.42
AWRE
Aware
0.7$4.44+1.1%$95.24 million$12.20 million-7.05
TESSCO Technologies logo
TESS
TESSCO Technologies
1.2$7.38+3.4%$65.70 million$540.30 million-2.63Upcoming Earnings
This page was last updated on 1/19/2021 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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