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

Juniper Networks ( JNPR) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Juniper Networks rose $0.26 (1.4%) to $19.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,668,085 shares of Juniper Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,521,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.78-$19.35 after having opened the day at $19.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.05. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Logitech International S.A ( LOGI), up 4.4%, Omnicell ( OMCL), up 3.5%, Rimage Corporation ( RIMG), up 2.0% and Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), up 1.9%.

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 $9.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Juniper Networks a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 17 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 and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Interphase ( INPH), down 18.1%, Identive Group ( INVE), down 16.7%, Overland Storage ( OVRL), down 5.8% and Palo Alto Networks ( PANW), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with International Business Machines ( IBM) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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