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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.78, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

From a valuation perspective, Juniper's current price-to-earnings ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 31.04 for the Communications Equipment industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 16.54. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.42 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.23 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.92. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average and above the industry average, indicating a premium.

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Equity research manager Chris Stuart, CFA, joined TheStreet Ratings after working as a senior investment analyst with Merrill Lynch covering small-cap equity and alternative investment strategies. Prior to that, Stuart worked for One Beacon Insurance as an actuarial analyst and at H&R Block as a financial adviser.

Stuart earned his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society (BSAS) and the CFA Institute.

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