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Strategic Acquisition No Reason to Buy Cisco: Pros

Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 1:18 PM ET

Should you put money to work in Cisco after the company’s latest acquisition? According to Pete Najarian, that would be a mistake.

Of course it makes sense that Cisco would land on the radar; on Thursday the tech titan said it would buy NDS Group, a developer of software for multichannel television networks, for $5 billion.

Although the acquisition might seem like a sign that CEO John Chambers is getting more aggressive in his attempts to drive growth – the OptionMonster just can’t get excited.

“I think he’s building something,” says Najarian, “but it’s the same kind of building process that we’ve been watching for years and we continue to wait – when are we going to see the results?”

Trader Stephanie Link, who is co-portfolio manager of Jim Cramer's charitable trust portfolio, says much the same. “I’m not a buyer either. There are other places in tech that have faster growth.”

“I see more upside in Intel and Microsoft ,” adds Najarian. “They’re exploding through 52-week highs and they’re paying a nice dividend.”

Deutsche tech analyst Brian Modoff sees the move a little differently. "it's a complimentary deal," he says. "The kind we like to see - indeed they’re moving in the right direction.” He has a buy rating on the stock with a $24 price target.

NDS specializes in the development of interactive systems for secure delivery of entertainment and information to digital TVs, digital set-top boxes, PCs and mobile devices. It also provides electronic security systems for Web applications.

Its technology is expected to complement Cisco's Videoscape video delivery technology.

The company's flagship product is its encryption and conditional access system VideoGuard, which is installed on home TVs via smartcards integrated into set-top boxes.



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