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Cisco earnings: results from the network-gear maker may refresh fears of a tech-spending slowdown

November 12, 2019

A disappointing forecast in August, hinting at weakness in China and corporate tech-spending, knocked Cisco Systems Inc. shares down. The question when Cisco delivers its most recent quarterly update is whether that spending trend continues.

Cisco CSCO, -1.49% is seen as one of the biggest barometers of tech spending globally, due to its dominance of the networking sector and the fact that a slowdown in network purchases can presage problems in other tech sectors. Several analysts think Cisco will say that tech spending is in trouble when it reports fiscal first-quarter results on Wednesday.

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