Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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Juniper Networks ( JNPR) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Juniper Networks fell $1.58 (-9%) to $15.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20.5 million shares of Juniper Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.91-$17.58 after having opened the day at $17.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.57. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Super Micro Computer ( SMCI), down 11.6%, Imation Corporation ( IMN), down 11.1%, Radcom ( RDCM), down 8.7%, and Performance Technologies ( PTIX), down 8.2%.
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Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells products and services that provide network infrastructure for networking requirements of service providers, enterprises, governments, and research and public sector organizations worldwide. Juniper Networks has a market cap of $9.33 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.9, above the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 36.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Juniper Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 21 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Juniper Networks as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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