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

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Juniper Networks ( JNPR) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Juniper Networks rose $0.52 (3.0%) to $17.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,507,229 shares of Juniper Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,568,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.39-$18.08 after having opened the day at $17.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.47. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Interphase ( INPH), up 7.9%, Aruba Networks ( ARUN), up 6.8%, Logitech International S.A ( LOGI), up 6.4% and OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), up 2.9%.
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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 $8.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Juniper Networks a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 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 increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the negative front, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 4.4%, Echelon Corporation ( ELON), down 3.5%, iGo ( IGOI), down 3.0% and Mercury Systems ( MRCY), down 3.0% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with Synaptics ( SYNA) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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