Trading Update for Cisco Systems (CSCO)

Posted on 03/15/2013 by Peter Mankowitz

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- A record number of Cisco Systems call contracts were traded during the busy trading session. There were 3.4 call contracts traded for each put contract yielding a 0.29 put/call ratio where 13,943 put and 47,339 call contracts exchanged hands.

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Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry and provides services associated with these products and their use.

UCS servers are showing early signs of success. Although relatively low gross margin, these servers expand Cisco's footprint in its customers' data centers, which in turn deepens customer relationships. Additionaly, Cisco's current share price assumes inflationary growth and 6 points of margin deterioration over time. With nearly $5 per share in net cash and more than $1.60 per share in normalized free cash flow, downside risk is limited at current levels.

Shares of Cisco Systems gained $0.34 (+1.55%) to $21.93. The last trading session witnessed a low of $21.38 and high of $21.95 during the day. The current trading volume of 57M is greater than average volume of 35M shares. CSCO is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $14.96 and 52 week high is $21.98. Performance indicators show that the stock has gained 2.96% within the last month.

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