| Cisco Systems designs and sells a range of technologies that power the Internet. Co.'s products and technologies are grouped into the following categories: Infrastructure Platforms, which consists of its main networking technologies of switching, routing, wireless, and data center products; Applications, which consists of software-related offerings that utilize the main networking and data center platforms to provide their functions; Security, which includes its network security, cloud and email security, identity and access management, threat protection, and unified threat management products; and Other Products, which consists of its cloud and system management and technologies products. |
When researching a stock like Cisco Systems, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from CSCO Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for CSCO stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the CSCO 200 day moving average ("CSCO 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the CSCO 50 day moving average ("CSCO 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Cisco Systems. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the CSCO 200 DMA and the CSCO 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("CSCO MACD"). The CSCO MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).