Is Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) A Solid Choice On The Value Front?

The stock of Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) increased by $0.76 on Tuesday to finish at $28.39, up 2.75 percent. The last five days have seen an average of 4,141,880 shares of common stock traded. 7 times new highs were reached in the current year, with a fall of -$7.32. The average number of shares traded over the last 20 days was 3,451,120, while the average volume over the last 50 days totaled 4,131,200.

JNPR stock dropped -1.42% since last month. On 06/17/22, the company’s shares reached a one-month low of $27.12. The stock touched a high of $38.14 on 03/31/22, after rallying from a low of $26.12 in 52 weeks. The price of JNPR stock has declined by -20.50% or -$7.32 this year, reaching a new high 7 times. Still, the stock price is down -25.56% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

There have been 7 days since Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) last reported insider trading activity on Jun 15. On Jun 15, Chief Executive Officer rahim rami sold 5,555 shares at $28.54 each. This transaction resulted in the insider making $158,559. On Jun 14, rahim rami sold 5,555 shares at a price of US$28.38. After the transaction, the insider now owns 863,040 shares. Chief Executive Officer rahim rami had earlier sold 5,555 shares on Jun 13 for $28.15 a share. The transaction was completed for $156,378.

Valuation Metrics

Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 27.72. Beta for the stock is 0.93. There are also a few other valuation ratios worth considering, including the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 1.90, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 2.14, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 27.30.

Company paid $0.21 per share in dividends, remained unchanged from $0.21 last year. A $0.01 dividend increase was reported on Thursday January 27 2022.

Financial Health

For the three months ended March 30, Juniper Networks Inc.’s quick ratio was 1.50, while its current ratio was 1.60, indicating its ability to pay off its debt. As far as profitability goes, gross margin for the trailing twelve months is 57.40% percent. Juniper Networks Inc.’s operating margin stood at 8.70% for the same period. Based on annual data, it had gross profit of $2.74 billion and revenue of $4.74 billion.

Investors will also look at the performance of the company’s management in order to determine the potential profitability of their investment. JNPR’s return on assets (ROA) during the last 12 months has been 3.90%. There was a 4.50% return on investment (ROI) in the past year. In the meantime, the return on equity (ROE) for the last 12 months was 7.80%.

Earnings Surprise

According to Juniper Networks Inc.’s quarterly financial report for the quarter that ended March 30, it had $1.65 billion in total debt versus $293.4 million in cash and short-term investments. A lower net income was reported in the quarter under review than the previous quarter. Net income for the quarter came in at $1.17 billion, while revenues rose by 8.03% to $1.3 billion. It was predicted that Juniper Networks Inc.’s quarterly earnings would be $0.31, but it ended up being $0.32, beating the consensus by -3.10%. EBITDA was $114.8 million for the quarter. At the end of Juniper Networks Inc.’s most recent quarter ended March 30, its liabilities totaled 4.56 billion, while its total debt was $1.82 billion. Equity owned by shareholders amounts to $323.1 million.

Technical Picture

Here’s a quick look at Juniper Networks Inc.’s (JNPR) price momentum from a technical perspective. As of 21 June, the RSI 9-day stood at 39.66%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with a 30.42% historical volatility rate.

The stochastic %K and %D were 18.53% and 14.20% respectively, while the average true range (ATR) was 0.87. Based on the 14-day stochastic reading of 30.83%, the RSI (14) reading is 39.23%. On the 9-day MACD Oscillator, the stock is at -0.70, and the 14-day reading is at -1.51.

Analyst Ratings

In its most recent analyst report, Citigroup raised its rating on Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) to a Neutral. Prior to this, analysts firm rated the stock as a Sell. Analysts have assigned Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) an Overweight rating. JNPR is a stock that is recommended for selling by 2 brokerage firms, while 9 companies recommend holding. The stock is underweighted by 0 analysts. Among the analysts who rate the stock, 2 rates it overweight and 6 others recommend it as a buy.

What is JNPR’s price target for the next 12 months?

The current consensus forecast for the stock is between $26.00 and $46.00, with a median target price of $37.00. In analyzing these forecasts, the average price target given by analysts for Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) is $36.41.


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