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Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO): Get Prepared With This Data

One unexpected positive piece of news for Cisco came in March, when it won a court battle against VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEMKT:VHC). A jury finding that Cisco hadn’t infringed on any VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEMKT:VHC) patents potentially saved Cisco hundreds of millions of dollars in damages or settlement payments, despite the fact that most analysts had expected VirnetX to win as it had in previous cases with similar facts. VirnetX still has remedies to pursue, but the news puts Cisco in a strong position going forward.

In Cisco’s quarterly report, watch not just for how strong or weak the company’s sales are but also where those sales are specifically coming from. By identifying pockets of strength in a generally sluggish tech environment, you should be able to decide whether Cisco has what it takes to accelerate its growth and get its earnings multiple back up to more typical levels.

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Fool contributor Dan Caplinger has no position in any stocks mentioned. You can follow him on Twitter @DanCaplinger. The Motley Fool recommends Cisco Systems and F5 Networks. The Motley Fool owns shares of F5 Networks.

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