Juniper Networks (JNPR) Stock Falling on Analyst Downgrade

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Juniper Networks (JNPR) are down 2.23% to $27.18 in early morning trading on Monday after analysts at MKM Partners lowered their rating to "sell" from "neutral."

Analysts cited that the company has a good chance it will miss consensus expectations in 2H15, and they do not see a strong Tier 1 SP Router recovery on the horizon.

AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are pioneering in the SP arena, in that these carrier are commited to a multi-step network transition that includes fewer routing nodes and aggressive router pricing demands near-term, analysts noted.

Additionally, "We think it is unlikely Juniper will be acquired by a large vendor," they said.

The California-based company designs, develops, and sells high-performance network products and provides various routing products worldwide.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates JUNIPER NETWORKS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate JUNIPER NETWORKS INC (JNPR) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

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