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Juniper Networks (JNPR) Is Today's Pre-Market Laggard Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Juniper Networks ( JNPR) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Juniper Networks as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • JNPR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $216.9 million.
  • JNPR traded 11,033 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:55 AM.
  • JNPR is down 2.4% today from Friday's close.

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More details on JNPR:

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells products and services for high-performance networks worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Platform Systems Division and Software Solutions Division. JNPR has a PE ratio of 30.7. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Juniper Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Juniper Networks has been 9.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Juniper has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The stock has a beta of 2.14 and a short float of 4.8% with 2.53 days to cover. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Juniper Networks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • JNPR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, JNPR has a quick ratio of 2.38, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 57.89% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 31.41% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • JUNIPER NETWORKS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, JUNIPER NETWORKS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.86 versus $0.36 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.55 versus $0.86).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Communications Equipment industry. The net income increased by 58.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $95.70 million to $151.80 million.

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