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Juniper Networks' Performance in Fiscal 2016: A Detailed Look

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How Analysts Are Viewing Juniper Networks

Shareholder returns and stock trends

Juniper Networks (JNPR) has generated investor returns of 11.0% in the trailing 12-month period and 1.5% in the trailing one-month period. In comparison, it generated a return of 25.5% in 2015 and 4.1% in 2016. It has generated a return of 1.0% year-to-date. The company’s share price has risen 2.6% on a trailing five-day basis.

In comparison, Cisco Systems (CSCO), Ericsson (ERIC), and Europe’s (EFA) Nokia (NOK), peer companies in the communications equipment subsector, generated returns of 15.2%, -36.0%, and -28.0%, respectively, in 2016.

How Analysts Are Viewing Juniper Networks

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Moving averages

On March 16, 2017, Juniper Networks closed the trading day at $28.52. Here’s how the stock fared in terms of its moving averages:

  • 4.3% above its 100-day moving average of $27.33
  • 2.3% above its 50-day moving average of $27.88
  • 1.0% above its 20-day moving average of $28.22

Moving average convergence divergence and relative strength index

MACD (moving average convergence divergence) is the difference between a company’s short-term and long-term moving averages. Juniper Networks’ 14-day MACD is 0.10. This positive figure indicates a rising trading trend.

The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) is 52, which shows the stock is entering overbought territory. Generally, if an RSI is above 70, it indicates that the stock is overbought. An RSI figure below 30 suggests that a stock is oversold.

How do analysts view Juniper Networks?

Of the 29 analysts covering Juniper Networks, eight have given it a “buy” recommendation, two have given it a “sell,” and 19 have given it a “hold.” Analysts’ target price for the company is $28.43, and their median target estimate is $28. Juniper Networks is trading at a premium of 1.8% to its median target price.

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