Considering Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) as a potential investment: What Should You Do?

The price of Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) closed at $31.25 in the last session, up 1.82% from day before closing price of $30.69. In other words, the price has increased by $+0.56 from its previous closing price. On the day, 2771372 shares were traded. JNPR stock price reached its highest trading level at $31.40 during the session, while it also had its lowest trading level at $30.95.

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We take a closer look at JNPR’s different ratios to gain a better understanding of the stock. For the most recent quarter (mrq), Quick Ratio is recorded 1.40 and its Current Ratio is at 1.70. In the meantime, Its Debt-to-Equity ratio is 0.36 whereas as Long-Term Debt/Eq ratio is at 0.36.

Upgrades & Downgrades

On October 21, 2022, Raymond James Upgraded its rating to Strong Buy which previously was Outperform and also upped its target price recommendation from $36 to $37.

Piper Sandler Upgraded its Underweight to Neutral on October 18, 2022, whereas the target price for the stock was revised from $27 to $29.

Insider Transactions:

An investor can also benefit from insider trades by learning what management is thinking about the future direction of stock prices. A recent insider transaction in this stock occurred on Mar 08 when rahim rami sold 6,250 shares for $31.28 per share. The transaction valued at 195,509 led to the insider holds 937,089 shares of the business.

rahim rami sold 6,250 shares of JNPR for $195,798 on Mar 07. The Chief Executive Officer now owns 943,339 shares after completing the transaction at $31.33 per share. On Mar 06, another insider, rahim rami, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company, sold 6,250 shares for $31.31 each. As a result, the insider received 195,660 and left with 949,589 shares of the company.

Valuation Measures:

As of this moment, Juniper’s Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio for their current fiscal year is 21.85, and their Forward P/E ratio for the next fiscal year is 12.22. The expected Price-to-Earnings-to-Growth (PEG) calculation for the next 5 years is 1.37. For the stock, the TTM Price-to-Sale (P/S) ratio is 1.93 while its Price-to-Book (P/B) ratio in mrq is 2.26.

Stock Price History:

Over the past 52 weeks, JNPR has reached a high of $38.14, while it has fallen to a 52-week low of $25.18. The 50-Day Moving Average of the stock is 31.45, while the 200-Day Moving Average is calculated to be 29.79.

Shares Statistics:

According to the various share statistics, JNPR traded on average about 3.59M shares per day over the past 3-months and 3M shares per day over the past 10 days. A total of 323.00M shares are outstanding, with a floating share count of 320.20M. Insiders hold about 1.33% of the company’s shares, while institutions hold 93.40% stake in the company. Shares short for JNPR as of Jan 30, 2023 were 8.68M with a Short Ratio of 8.42M, compared to 8.57M on Dec 29, 2022. Therefore, it implies a Short% of Shares Outstanding of 2.69% and a Short% of Float of 4.28%.

Dividends & Splits

The forward annual dividend rate for JNPR is 0.88, which was 0.80 in the trailing 12 months. Against a Trailing Annual Dividend Yield of 2.61%, it implies a Forward Annual Dividend Yield of 2.84%. The stock’s 5-year Average Dividend Yield is 2.84. The current Payout Ratio is 57.50% for JNPR, which recently paid a dividend on Mar 21, 2023 with an ex-dividend date of Feb 27, 2023. Stock splits for the company last occurred on Jun 15, 2000 when the company split stock in a 2:1 ratio.

Earnings Estimates

The company has 16 analysts who recommend its stock at the moment. On average, analysts expect EPS of $0.43 for the current quarter, with a high estimate of $0.47 and a low estimate of $0.37, while EPS last year was $0.31. The consensus estimate for the next quarter is $0.51, with high estimates of $0.57 and low estimates of $0.46.

Analysts are recommending an EPS of between $2.37 and $2.21 for the fiscal current year, implying an average EPS of $2.28. EPS for the following year is $2.55, with 16 analysts recommending between $2.86 and $2.38.

Revenue Estimates

According to 13 analysts, the current quarter’s revenue is expected to be $1.34B. It ranges from a high estimate of $1.37B to a low estimate of $1.29B. As of the current estimate, Juniper Networks Inc.’s year-ago sales were $1.17B, an estimated increase of 14.50% from the year-ago figure. For the next quarter, 13 analysts are estimating revenue of $1.4B, an increase of 10.20% less than the figure of $14.50% in the same quarter last year. There is a high estimate of $1.43B for the next quarter, whereas the lowest estimate is $1.36B.

A total of 16 analysts have provided revenue estimates for JNPR’s current fiscal year. The highest revenue estimate was $5.81B, while the lowest revenue estimate was $5.72B, resulting in an average revenue estimate of $5.76B. In the same quarter a year ago, actual revenue was $5.3B, up 8.60% from the average estimate. Based on 15 analysts’ estimates, the company’s revenue will be $6.02B in the next fiscal year. The high estimate is $6.22B and the low estimate is $5.92B. The average revenue growth estimate for next year is up 4.60% from the average revenue estimate for this year.