News coverage about Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest 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 45.9377241216949 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Juniper Networks (NYSE JNPR) traded up $0.13 during trading on Friday, hitting $28.89. 3,057,774 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,840,000. Juniper Networks has a 52 week low of $23.87 and a 52 week high of $30.96. The firm has a market capitalization of $10,990.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.30, a P/E/G ratio of 2.65 and a beta of 1.10. 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 released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The network equipment provider reported $0.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.58 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $1.26 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.26 billion. Juniper Networks had a return on equity of 13.81% and a net margin of 12.77%. Juniper Networks’s revenue was down 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.58 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Juniper Networks will post 1.7 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.38%. Juniper Networks’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 23.95%.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $27.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Wednesday. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. They set a “hold” rating and a $28.00 price target for the company. 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. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $26.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Thursday, November 30th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Juniper Networks presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $28.96.

In other news, CEO Rami Rahim sold 5,400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $26.35, for a total value of $142,290.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 469,607 shares in the company, valued at $12,374,144.45. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Rahul N. Merchant bought 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $24.48 per share, with a total value of $48,960.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 22,543 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $551,852.64. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 2.60% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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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