Lazard Keeps Cisco (CSCO) at Neutral; Conservative Guidance Should Ease Concerns

May 16, 2013 6:48 AM EDT
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Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) shares are indicated for a higher open following solid Q3 results and relatively in-line guidance issued Wednesday night.

Lazard Capital's Ryan Hitchinson commented that the light guidance was better than feared given weakness in the space. He comments, "Management's commentary suggested the pace of the recovery remains slow but steady, led by the U.S. and helped by signs of stabilization in the EU. With what has been a tough start to the year for the broader networking group, we think it is evident that continued execution and improved operational efficiencies have allowed Cisco to navigate through a challenging macro environment."

On Q3 numbers, Hutchinson noted that UCS continued to show "impressive" momentum, which was helped by Cisco's integrated solutions.

Hutchinson also believes management is remaining conservative amid improving demand trends. Negative sentiment surrounding the stock should ease as a result.

Lazard remains Neutral on Cisco with no price target.

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Shares of Cisco closed at $21.21 yesterday.

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