Media stories about Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Juniper Networks earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the network equipment provider an impact score of 45.9193686729848 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) traded down $0.15 on Tuesday, reaching $28.63. 2,696,458 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,212,450. The stock has a market capitalization of $10,890.00, a PE ratio of 17.14, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.63 and a beta of 1.10. Juniper Networks has a 52 week low of $23.87 and a 52 week high of $30.96. The company has a quick ratio of 2.70, a current ratio of 2.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41.

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The network equipment provider reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by ($0.03). The company 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 business’s revenue was down 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.58 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Juniper Networks will post 1.7 earnings per share for the current year.

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

Several research analysts have weighed in on JNPR shares. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Juniper Networks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 30th. Raymond James Financial set a $31.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 7th. Barclays decreased their price target on shares of Juniper Networks from $32.00 to $28.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $28.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Juniper Networks from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have issued a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $29.04.

In other Juniper Networks news, Director Rahul N. Merchant acquired 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $24.48 per share, with a total value of $48,960.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 22,543 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $551,852.64. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Rami Rahim sold 5,400 shares of Juniper Networks stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.35, for a total transaction of $142,290.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 469,607 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,374,144.45. 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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