How to buy Juniper Networks stock - 08 March

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How to buy Juniper Networks stock

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Juniper Networks, Inc is a communication equipment business based in the US. Juniper Networks shares (JNPR) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Juniper Networks employs 9,950 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Juniper Networks

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  3. Search for Juniper Networks. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: JNPR. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Juniper Networks reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Juniper Networks, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Juniper Networks. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Juniper Networks share price

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Juniper Networks shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$14.6867 - USD$27.5946
50-day moving average USD$24.6576
200-day moving average USD$22.9174
Wall St. target priceUSD$25.06
PE ratio 30.9091
Dividend yield USD$0.8 (3.34%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.77

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Is it a good time to buy Juniper Networks stock?

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Is Juniper Networks under- or over-valued?

Valuing Juniper Networks stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Juniper Networks's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Juniper Networks's P/E ratio

Juniper Networks's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, Juniper Networks shares trade at around 31x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Juniper Networks's PEG ratio

Juniper Networks's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.67. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Juniper Networks's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Juniper Networks's EBITDA

Juniper Networks's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$652.5 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Juniper Networks's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Juniper Networks financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.03%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.06%
Return on equity TTM 5.63%
Profit margin 5.8%
Book value $13.865
Market capitalisation USD$7.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Juniper Networks shares

There are currently 23.7 million Juniper Networks shares held short by investors – that's known as Juniper Networks's "short interest". This figure is 8.7% down from 26.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Juniper Networks shares can be evaluated.

Juniper Networks's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Juniper Networks's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Juniper Networks shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Juniper Networks shares traded daily (recently around 5.4 million). Juniper Networks's SIR currently stands at 4.35. In other words for every 100,000 Juniper Networks shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4350 shares are currently held short.

However Juniper Networks's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Juniper Networks shares, or, against the total number of tradable Juniper Networks shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Juniper Networks's short interest could be expressed as 0.07% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Juniper Networks shares in existence, roughly 70 shares are currently held short) or 0.1004% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Juniper Networks shares, roughly 100 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Juniper Networks.

Find out more about how you can short Juniper Networks stock.

Juniper Networks's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Juniper Networks.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Juniper Networks's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 19.55

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Juniper Networks's overall score of 19.55 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 15th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Juniper Networks is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Juniper Networks's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.38/100

Juniper Networks's environmental score of 2.38 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Juniper Networks is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Juniper Networks's social score

Social score: 11.77/100

Juniper Networks's social score of 11.77 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Juniper Networks is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Juniper Networks's governance score

Governance score: 10.4/100

Juniper Networks's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Juniper Networks is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Juniper Networks's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Juniper Networks scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Juniper Networks has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Juniper Networks, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 19.55
Total ESG percentile 15.06
Environmental score 2.38
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 11.77
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 10.4
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

Juniper Networks share dividends

51%

Dividend payout ratio: 51.28% of net profits

Recently Juniper Networks has paid out, on average, around 51.28% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.36% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Juniper Networks shareholders could enjoy a 3.36% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Juniper Networks's case, that would currently equate to about $0.8 per share.

Juniper Networks's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Juniper Networks's most recent dividend payout was on 22 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Juniper Networks's shares ever split?

Juniper Networks's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 June 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Juniper Networks shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Juniper Networks shares which in turn could have impacted Juniper Networks's share price.

Juniper Networks share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Juniper Networks's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.6867 up to $27.5946. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

JNPR.US volatility(beta: 0.83)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Juniper Networks's is 0.8287. This would suggest that Juniper Networks's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Juniper Networks overview

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells network products and services worldwide. The company offers routing products, such as ACX series universal access routers to deploy high-bandwidth services; MX series Ethernet routers that function as a universal edge platform; PTX series packet transport routers; and NorthStar controllers. It also provides switching products, including EX series Ethernet switches to address the access, aggregation, and core layer switching requirements of micro branch, branch office, and campus environments; QFX series of core, spine, and top-of-rack data center switches; and juniper access points, which provide wireless access and performance. In addition, the company offers security products comprising SRX series services gateways for the data center; Branch SRX family provides an integrated firewall and next-generation firewall; virtual firewall that delivers various features of physical firewalls; and advanced malware protection, a cloud-based service and Juniper ATP. Further, it offers Junos OS, a network operating system; Contrail networking and cloud platform, which provides an open-source and standards-based platform for SDN and NFV; Contrail Insights, an optimization and management software platform for public, private, and hybrid clouds; Mist AI-driven Wired, Wireless, and WAN assurance solutions to set and measure key metrics; Mist AI-driven Marvis Virtual Network Assistant, which identifies the root cause of issues; and Netrounds, a software-based active test and service assurance platform. Additionally, the company provides software-as-a-service, technical support, maintenance, and professional services, as well as education and training programs. It sells its products through direct sales, distributors, value-added resellers, and original equipment manufacturers to end-users in the cloud, service provider, and enterprise markets. The company was incorporated in 1996 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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