5 Companies That Had A Rough Week

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It's rare when Cisco Systems makes the "Rough Week" list, but the company did so this week when it warned that sales for the current quarter could slide between 8 percent and 10 percent because of continued weakness within emerging markets and the company's service provider business.

Cisco shares plunged more than 10 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday night following the conference call in which CEO John Chambers issued his warning while reporting the company's fiscal first-quarter results. The news is especially worrisome given that Cisco is such a bellwether for the IT industry.

"We remain very confident in our long-term strategy and are committed to managing this business to make sure we continue to drive greater long-term value for our employees, customers, partners and shareholders," said Chambers, who later said that "transitions can create unwelcomed quarter-to-quarter volatility."

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