Is Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) Stock Cheap Or Risky?

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As of Wednesday close, Juniper Networks Inc.’s (NYSE:JNPR) stock was down -$0.51, moving down -1.58 percent to $31.73. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 3,937,820 shares. 5 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $1.80 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 3,474,640, while in the previous 50 days, it was 3,678,762.

Since last month, JNPR stock rose 8.81%. Shares of the company fell to $28.24 on 10/24/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $38.14 was reached on 03/31/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $25.18. Since the beginning of this year, JNPR’s stock price has dropped by -11.15% or -$3.98, and marked a new high 7 times. However, the stock has declined by -16.81% since its 52-week high.

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JNPR stock investors should be aware that Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 7 days ago on Nov 18. Mobassaly Robert, the SVP General Counsel of the company, disposed of 4,286 shares for $31.50 on Nov 18. It resulted in a $135,009 divestment by the insider. rahim rami sold 6,250 shares at an average price of $29.82 on Nov 03. The insider now owns 801,235 shares following the transaction. On Nov 02, Chief Executive Officer rahim rami sold 6,250 shares at $30.67 apiece. The transaction was valued at $191,711.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) has a P/E ratio of about 24.73. The stock’s beta is 0.91. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 1.93, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 2.36.

The latest dividend of $0.21 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.21. On Thursday January 27 2022, a $0.01 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

In the three months ended September 29, Juniper Networks Inc.’s quick ratio stood at 1.40, while its current ratio was 1.70, showing that the company is able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending September 29 was 0.37. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 55.90% percent. In the year ended September 29, operating margins totaled 10.00%. Based on annual data, JNPR earned $2.74 billion in gross profit and brought in $4.74 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 4.50%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 9.90%.

In Juniper Networks Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for September 29, it reported total debt of $1.6 billion against cash and short-term investments of $226.2 million. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. JNPR’s revenue rose 15.96% to $1.27 billion during the quarter, while net income inched up to $1.41 billion. While analysts expected Juniper Networks Inc. to report $0.5 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $0.58 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 16.00%. During the quarter, the company generated $203.2 million in EBITDA. The liabilities of Juniper Networks Inc. were 4.64 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended September 29, and its total debt was $1.72 billion. The value of shareholders’ equity is $324.56 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Juniper Networks Inc.’s (JNPR) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 24.99%, the RSI 9-day stood at 63.89% on 23 November.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Juniper Networks Inc. price is up by +6.01% percent or $1.80. At present, JNPR shares trade +5.77% above its 20-day simple moving average and +13.16% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +13.12% above its SMA50 and -9.11% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 92.10% and Stochastic coefficient D was 91.95%, while ATR was 0.81. Given the Stochastic reading of 81.69% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 63.03%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 0.94, while the 14-day reading stands at 1.34.

Analyst Ratings

Raymond James upgraded its rating on Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) to a Strong buy in a note to investors on October 21, 2022. The analysts firm previously had an Outperform rating on the stock.Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) has been rated Hold by analysts. According to 2 brokerage firms, JNPR is a sell, and 10 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 1 analyst who say the stock is underweight. A total of 1 analyst rate Juniper Networks Inc. stock as buy, with 6 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $34.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $25.00 – $42.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) will achieve an average price target of $34.17.


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