Somewhat Positive News Coverage Very Likely to Affect Juniper Networks (JNPR) Stock Price

News coverage about Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment. Alpha One, a unit of Accern, rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Juniper Networks earned a news impact score of 0.23 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news coverage about the network equipment provider an impact score of 82 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is very likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on JNPR shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Juniper Networks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, December 23rd. Deutsche Bank AG downgraded shares of Juniper Networks from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $22.50 to $21.00 in a research report on Tuesday, January 10th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Barclays PLC lifted their price target on shares of Juniper Networks from $28.00 to $29.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 26th. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “underweight” rating and issued a $20.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Friday, January 27th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc reiterated a “conviction-buy” rating and issued a $31.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Friday, January 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $29.28.

Shares of Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) traded down 0.07% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $27.78. 3,359,866 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $27.91 and a 200-day moving average price of $27.08. Juniper Networks has a one year low of $21.17 and a one year high of $29.21. The stock has a market cap of $10.61 billion, a PE ratio of 18.16 and a beta of 1.23.

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, January 26th. The network equipment provider reported $0.66 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $1.39 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.36 billion. Juniper Networks had a net margin of 12.05% and a return on equity of 13.19%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.63 EPS. On average, analysts predict that Juniper Networks will post $2.19 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 22nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 1st were paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.44%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, February 27th. Juniper Networks’s payout ratio is 25.81%.

In related news, EVP Pradeep Sindhu sold 76,900 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.33, for a total transaction of $2,101,677.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 20,798 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $568,409.34. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP Vincent Molinaro sold 15,957 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.57, for a total transaction of $423,977.49. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 3,989 shares in the company, valued at approximately $105,987.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 317,920 shares of company stock worth $8,836,508 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 3.40% 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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