Wall Street analysts expect Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) to report earnings per share of $0.25 for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four analysts have made estimates for Juniper Networks’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.26 and the lowest is $0.24. Juniper Networks reported earnings of $0.23 per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 8.7%. The business is scheduled to issue its next earnings results after the market closes on Tuesday, April 27th.

On average, analysts expect that Juniper Networks will report full year earnings of $1.64 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.61 to $1.65. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the business will report earnings of $1.85 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.75 to $1.99. Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that cover Juniper Networks.

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 28th. The network equipment provider reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $1.22 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.19 billion. Juniper Networks had a return on equity of 8.30% and a net margin of 8.92%. The company’s revenue was up 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.58 EPS.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on JNPR. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Juniper Networks from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $25.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Friday, December 11th. TheStreet lowered Juniper Networks from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 25th. Barclays raised shares of Juniper Networks from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $24.00 to $28.00 in a research note on Thursday, January 14th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Juniper Networks from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $24.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 29th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Tuesday, February 16th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $25.06.

Juniper Networks stock remained flat at $$25.42 during trading on Friday. The company had a trading volume of 33,268 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,723,386. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, a current ratio of 2.02 and a quick ratio of 2.02. The business’s 50 day moving average is $24.70 and its 200-day moving average is $23.18. The stock has a market capitalization of $8.31 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.91, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.83 and a beta of 0.90. Juniper Networks has a one year low of $19.51 and a one year high of $27.83.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 22nd. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 1st were given a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.15%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 26th. Juniper Networks’s payout ratio is currently 66.12%.

In other Juniper Networks news, SVP Brian Martin sold 46,421 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $26.00, for a total transaction of $1,206,946.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 50,356 shares in the company, valued at $1,309,256. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director William Stensrud sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.75, for a total transaction of $247,500.00. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 62,636 shares of company stock valued at $1,610,132. 1.20% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Eudaimonia Partners LLC increased its holdings in shares of Juniper Networks by 45.4% in the 3rd quarter. Eudaimonia Partners LLC now owns 1,861 shares of the network equipment provider’s stock worth $265,000 after acquiring an additional 581 shares during the period. JJJ Advisors Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Juniper Networks by 330.5% in the fourth quarter. JJJ Advisors Inc. now owns 2,058 shares of the network equipment provider’s stock worth $46,000 after buying an additional 1,580 shares during the period. Inspire Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Juniper Networks in the fourth quarter worth about $96,000. Van ECK Associates Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Juniper Networks in the third quarter worth approximately $94,000. Finally, Vantage Consulting Group Inc purchased a new stake in shares of Juniper Networks in the fourth quarter worth approximately $122,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 89.30% of the company’s stock.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc designs, develops, and sells network products and services worldwide. The company offers routing products, such as ACX series universal access routers to deploy high-bandwidth services; MX series Ethernet routers that function as a universal edge platform; PTX series packet transport routers; and NorthStar controllers.

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