How Do Analysts View F5 Networks?


May. 1 2016, Updated 10:06 a.m. ET

Analysts’ recommendations

Of the 35 analysts covering F5 Networks (FFIV), nine have issued “buy” recommendations, two have issued “sell” recommendations, and 24 have issued “hold” recommendations on the stock. The analyst stock price target for FFIV is $109.5, with a median target estimate of $109. FFIV is trading at a discount of 4.3% with respect to its median target.

In comparison, Cisco (CSCO), IBM (IBM), and Juniper (JNPR), peer companies in the communications equipment subsector, are trading at discounts of 6.6%, 1%, and 11.6%, respectively, to analysts’ median estimates.

FFIV generated investor returns of -17.7% in the trailing-12-month period and 1.5% in the trailing-one-month period. In comparison, it generated returns of -25.6% in 2015 and 7.8% YTD (year-to-date). The company’s share price rose 7.8% in the trailing-five-day period.

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Moving averages

On April 22, 2016, F5 Networks closed the trading day at $104.52. Based on this figure, here’s how the stock fared in terms of its moving averages:

  • 7.4% above its 100-day moving average of $97.33
  • 5.9% above its 50-day moving average of $98.73
  • 3.9% above its 20-day moving average of $100.55


The MACD (moving average convergence divergence) is the difference between the short-term and long-term moving averages of a company. FFIV’s 14-day MACD is 2.74. This positive figure indicates an upward trading trend.

The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) is 62, which shows that the stock is somewhat overbought. Generally, if the RSI is above 70, it indicates that a stock has been overbought. An RSI figure of below 30 suggests that a stock has been oversold.

Cisco accounts for 3.7% of the PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (HACK).


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