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Why Cisco Is a Buy

S&P's Ari Bensinger thinks demand for networking gear will return down the road and that the stock's valuation is enticing

Cisco Systems (CSCO) shareholders can't be happy these days. Back in November, 2007, the company warned that spending on its networking gear was slowing down and could hurt growth for this market. On Feb. 6, Cisco indicated the situation hadn't improved (BusinessWeek.com, 2/7/08), and lowered its sales outlook for the current quarter ending in April. In turn, the stock has dropped 14% this year, to $23.20.

Despite the news, which caused a deep sell-off in many technology stocks, Ari Bensinger at Standard & Poor's Equity Research kept a buy recommendation on Cisco shares. "We believe investors need to look at the larger picture—the long-term growth drivers for the company," he says.