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We’re trimming our position in this networking name

A man passes under a Cisco logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 25, 2019.

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After you receive this email, we will be selling 350 shares Cisco Systems (CSCO) at roughly $58.99. Following the trade, the Charitable Trust will own 1,650 shares of CSCO. Our trim in CSCO will decrease its weighting in the portfolio from about 2.86% to about 2.37%. 

The News

Shares of Cisco Systems are trading flat to slightly lower Monday after JPMorgan removed the stock from its Analyst Focus List. JPMorgan kept its overweight, as they see a “favorable outlook” driven by the near-term rebound in Enterprise IT spending and long-term benefits of the software and subscription business model transformation. However, the analysts took the company off their AFL due to Cisco’s “greater susceptibility to near-term supply headwinds, with its broad portfolio of products, limiting near-term catalysts for the shares.”

Our Take

We are pretty torn on CSCO because it is the type of stock that can work in this market. Cisco is the opposite of a high-flying, unprofitable “conceptual” company that could get slammed as the Federal Reserve tapers and tightens. It is high quality, cash flow generating and profitable. The stock also trades at an inexpensive price-to-earnings multiple. The 2.50% dividend yield provides a layer of support to the equity price and compensates investors for their patience. And the long-term fundamentals are positive due to Cisco’s exposure to growing trends in software and enterprise IT spending. 

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But as much as we like the characteristics of the company and stock, we believe it is still prudent to trim our position and lock in gains into today’s relative strength. We think JPMorgan is right in their assessment of the lack of near-term catalysts, and how long the supply chain headwinds persist remains up for debate.

We didn’t think CSCO was a sell when it fell hard to the low $50s after earnings last month, but we are ready to let some shares go now that the stock price has recovered its post-earnings losses and rebounded back near its 52-week highs. The gain from this trim will be about 11% on shares bought in June 2021.

No One Ever Got Hurt Taking a Profit

Stock and company-specific reasons aside, we think it can’t hurt to raise a little extra cash following the recent strength of the major indices, though most of the gains are only coming from a handful of stocks. Oversold conditions and the possibility of a Santa rally are still fresh on our minds, but traders and investors should prepare themselves for what could be a more hawkish and harsh statement at the FOMC press conference Wednesday. This sale will take the portfolio cash’s position up to about 7.25% from 6.75%.

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 (Jim Cramer’s Charitable Trust is long CSCO.)

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