Juniper Networks Inc. [NYSE: JNPR] stock went on an upward path that rose over 5.95% on Wednesday, amounting to a one-week price increase of more than 9.96%. The company report on January 28, 2021 that Juniper Networks Announces Close of Apstra Acquisition.
Complete Data Center solution from Juniper assures experiences and drives business outcomes with best-in-class automation, open programmability and scalability.
Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, announced that the company has finalized its acquisition of Apstra, a leader in intent-based networking and automated closed-loop assurance. The closing of the deal marks a meaningful step toward delivering an unmatched, experience-led portfolio for the data center across all customer segments – enterprise, service provider and cloud provider.
Over the last 12 months, JNPR stock rose by 18.62%. The one-year Juniper Networks Inc. stock forecast points to a potential downside of -12.06. The average equity rating for JNPR stock is currently 2.90, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.
The market cap for the stock reached $9.17 billion, with 330.90 million shares outstanding and 325.61 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 4.09M shares, JNPR stock reached a trading volume of 12159376 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Guru’s Opinion on Juniper Networks Inc. [JNPR]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for JNPR shares is $24.62 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on JNPR stock is a recommendation set at 2.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Barclays have made an estimate for Juniper Networks Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on January 14, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on December 11, 2020, representing the official price target for Juniper Networks Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $25, while Barclays analysts kept a Equal Weight rating on JNPR stock.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Juniper Networks Inc. is set at 0.64, with the Price to Sales ratio for JNPR stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.07. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.00, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 5.54. Price to Free Cash Flow for JNPR in the course of the last twelve months was 40.56 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.90.
JNPR Stock Performance Analysis:
Juniper Networks Inc. [JNPR] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 9.96. With this latest performance, JNPR shares gained by 23.17% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 13.73% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 18.62% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for JNPR stock in for the last two-week period is set at 86.83, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 91.07, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 81.83 for Juniper Networks Inc. [JNPR]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 22.90, while it was recorded at 25.87 for the last single week of trading, and 23.06 for the last 200 days.
Insight into Juniper Networks Inc. Fundamentals:
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Juniper Networks Inc. [JNPR] shares currently have an operating margin of +11.11 and a Gross Margin at +59.74. Juniper Networks Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +7.76.
Return on Total Capital for JNPR is now 7.34, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 5.28. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 7.31, with Return on Assets sitting at 3.79. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Juniper Networks Inc. [JNPR] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 40.87. Additionally, JNPR Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 29.01, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 21.32. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 39.95, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 28.36.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Juniper Networks Inc. [JNPR] managed to generate an average of $36,628 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 5.44 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.49.Juniper Networks Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.90 and a Current Ratio set at 2.00.
JNPR Stock EPS
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Juniper Networks Inc. posted 0.58/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.57/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 1.80%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for JNPR. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Juniper Networks Inc. go to 1.80%.
Juniper Networks Inc. [JNPR] Insider Position Details
There are presently around $7,820 million, or 96.20% of JNPR stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of JNPR stocks are: DODGE & COX with ownership of 47,857,869, which is approximately -0.611% of the company’s market cap and around 1.25% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 37,623,137 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $979.71 million in JNPR stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $736.31 million in JNPR stock with ownership of nearly 1.231% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in Juniper Networks Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of January and at the time of the January reporting period, where 202 institutional holders increased their position in Juniper Networks Inc. [NYSE:JNPR] by around 17,060,239 shares. Additionally, 217 investors decreased positions by around 17,202,593 shares, while 50 investors held positions by with 266,029,367 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 300,292,199 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. JNPR stock had 51 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,056,588 shares, while 49 institutional investors sold positions of 3,715,497 shares during the same period.