Analyst’s Recommendations in Limelight: Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR)

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) has grabbed the attention from analysts, when it saw a value decrease of -1.91 percent or -0.59 points in the last trading session. A total of 6.72M shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade compared with its average trading volume of 5.59M shares, while its relative volume stands at 1.52. Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) has a market cap of $11.70B and the number of outstanding shares have been calculated 381.10M.

When taking a look at recommendations from analysts, investors can use the average brokerage recommendation score to determine the consensus take on a stock. The ABR is the calculated average of the actual recommendations (strong buy, hold, sell etc) made by the brokerage firms for a given stock. The ABR rank is displayed in the range of 1 to 5 where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. The ABR is solely based on brokerage recommendations. It’s important to note that analysts employed by brokerage firms have been and continue to be overly optimistic with their recommendations. Shares of Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) currently have an ABR of 2.44, number of Recs in ABR is 18 while industry rank of the company by ABR is 103 of 265.

Out of the brokerage recommendations 6 rate Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) stock a Strong Buy, 0 rate the stock a Buy, 11 rate Hold, 0 rate Sell and 1 recommend a Strong Sell.

Taking a glance at where the stock might be directed in the future, on a consensus basis, the sell-side has a 52 week price target of $30.77 on the stock, this valuation is based on 22 number of opinions. The most optimistic analyst sees the stock reaching $37.00 while the most conventional has a $20.00 target price.

In order to check on the sell-side rational, we can also take a peek at some technical indicators. Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR)’s price sits 7.41% above from its 50-day moving average of $28.22 and 16.59% far from the stock’s 200-day moving average which is $27.41. Shares are trading -2.13% away from the 52-week high mark of $30.96 and +44.73% far from the 52-week bottom of $20.94. The stock hit its 52-week high on 05/02/17, and 52-week low on 06/27/16. The average true range, a measure of volatility is at 0.51, however its weekly and monthly volatility is 1.93%, 1.62% respectively. The company’s Relative Strength Index which shows price strength currently stands at 69.36.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) as of recent trade, has shown weekly upbeat performance of 2.85 percent which was maintained at 9.31 percent in 1-month period. The year-to-date (YTD) performance reflected a 7.60 percent above. During the past three months the stock gain 13.42 percent, bringing six-month performance to 15.88 percent.

While taking a glance at financials, we can look at a number of key indicators. Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) has a Return on Assets of 15.88%, which is key indicator of how profitable a company is relative to its total assets. The company currently has a Return on Equity of 12.60% and a Return on Investment of 9.20%. ROI is a performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments.

The stock has a current PEG ratio of 1.58 whereas its trailing twelve month P/E ratio is 19.19 along with forward price to earnings ratio of 12.83. Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR)’s price to free cash flow for trailing twelve months is 10.24. Its current ratio for most recent quarter is 2.50. Total debt to equity ratio of the company for most recent quarter is 0.00 whereas long term debt to equity ratio for most recent quarter is 0.43.

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