Media headlines about Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Juniper Networks earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the network equipment provider an impact score of 46.518795847748 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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Shares of Juniper Networks (JNPR) traded down $0.06 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $26.35. The company had a trading volume of 231,595 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,319,937. Juniper Networks has a fifty-two week low of $23.87 and a fifty-two week high of $30.96. The company has a market cap of $9,054.55, a PE ratio of 32.61, a P/E/G ratio of 3.06 and a beta of 0.87. The company has a quick ratio of 2.41, a current ratio of 2.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46.

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 30th. The network equipment provider reported $0.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $1.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.23 billion. Juniper Networks had a return on equity of 13.34% and a net margin of 6.26%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 10.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.66 EPS. research analysts predict that Juniper Networks will post 1.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 22nd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.73%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. This is a positive change from Juniper Networks’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. Juniper Networks’s payout ratio is presently 88.89%.

Juniper Networks declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Tuesday, January 30th that allows the company to buyback $2.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the network equipment provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

Several analysts have issued reports on JNPR shares. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of Juniper Networks in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Wells Fargo & Co started coverage on shares of Juniper Networks in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $25.00 price objective on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Juniper Networks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 30th. CIBC upgraded shares of Juniper Networks from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Raymond James Financial set a $31.00 price objective on shares of Juniper Networks and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Juniper Networks presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $28.61.

In other news, CEO Rami Rahim sold 10,800 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.27, for a total transaction of $283,716.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Vincent Molinaro sold 7,647 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.21, for a total value of $200,427.87. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 17,989 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $471,491.69. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 42,813 shares of company stock valued at $1,124,709 in the last three months. 2.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc designs, develops and sells products and services for high-performance networks to enable customers to build networks for their businesses. The Company sells its products in over 100 countries in three geographic regions: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific.

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