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 up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Juniper Networks fell $1.24 (-5.6%) to $20.92 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,936,616 shares of Juniper Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,019,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.85-$22.10 after having opened the day at $22.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.16. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: XRS ( XRSC), down 6.0%, Radisys Corporation ( RSYS), down 5.8%, Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), down 5.4% and Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), down 5.1%.

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 $11.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 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 compelling growth 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 find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, Performance Technologies ( PTIX), up 71.7%, Universal Display Corporation ( PANL), up 7.2%, Universal Display Corporation ( OLED), up 7.2% and SMART Technologies ( SMT), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Lexmark International ( LXK) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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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