Juniper Networks (JNPR) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Shows

News headlines about Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Juniper Networks earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the network equipment provider an impact score of 45.9193686729848 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Juniper Networks (NYSE JNPR) traded down $0.27 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $28.61. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,870,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,990,000. The company has a market capitalization of $10,880.00, a PE ratio of 17.13, a PEG ratio of 2.66 and a beta of 1.10. The company has a current ratio of 2.70, a quick ratio of 2.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. Juniper Networks has a twelve month low of $23.87 and a twelve month high of $30.96.

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The network equipment provider reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $1.26 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.26 billion. Juniper Networks had a net margin of 12.77% and a return on equity of 13.81%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.58 EPS. research analysts forecast that Juniper Networks will post 1.7 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.40%. Juniper Networks’s payout ratio is 23.95%.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $27.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. BidaskClub cut Juniper Networks from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Zacks Investment Research cut Juniper Networks from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. Barclays lowered their price target on Juniper Networks from $32.00 to $28.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $28.00 target price on shares of Juniper Networks in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $28.96.

In related news, Director Rahul N. Merchant purchased 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was bought at an average price of $24.48 per share, for a total transaction of $48,960.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 22,543 shares in the company, valued at approximately $551,852.64. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Rami Rahim sold 16,100 shares of Juniper Networks stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.24, for a total value of $422,464.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 469,607 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $12,322,487.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

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Juniper Networks Company Profile

Juniper Networks, Inc designs, develops and sells products and services for high-performance networks to enable customers to build networks for their businesses. The Company sells its products in over 100 countries in three geographic regions: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific.

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