Cisco Stock Is One of the Better Bets in a Troubled Market

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At time of writing, global coronavirus cases are nearing the one million mark, with the U.S. leading the number of cases by a country mile. Given this dubious honor, it’s no surprise that the markets have taken down even stable companies like Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO). However, because of its long-term potential, many are taking advantage of the discount in Cisco stock.

In my opinion, it’s not an unreasonable bet. Fundamentally, CSCO features a solid balance sheet. Additionally, its three-year revenue growth rate is above average for its industry, while featuring very strong profitability margins. Better yet, Cisco stock entitles you to a generous dividend, which can help mitigate downside while giving you passive income for your troubles.

Nevertheless, investors should be careful about the evolving and harsh realities that come from a health crisis transitioning to an economic one.

In shocking news, during a one-week period, more than three million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. For the latest reported week, economists estimate that, at minimum, we could see 3.5 million workers join their ranks. However, according to USA Today, other sources have much higher forecasts:

…Nomura forecasts 4.1 million; Morgan Stanley, 4.5 million; and Bank of America, 5.5 million. Such first-time jobless claims represent the best measure of layoffs across the country.

The numbers could mark just the initial wave of a punishing couple of months.

“We could see unprecedented job loss in the April jobs report in the tens of millions, with the unemployment rate (now a 50-year low of 3.5%) reaching double digits,” Bank of America said in a research note.

No matter what, Cisco stock will encounter at least some turbulence ahead.

Organic Marketing for Cisco Stock

Despite the obvious headwinds – and many understated ones – CSCO shares have grown increasingly compelling to contrarians. I don’t think it’s just the discounted price that’s driving interest. Rather, the underlying company has ample marketing opportunities. Moreover, management is taking advantage of them.

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