Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) shares slid back in value on Tuesday January 31 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.60% fell 140 points, or 0.7%, to 19,833, with 26 of the 30 blue-chip companies trading lower. Nike, Inc. NKE, -1.10% down 2.4% and Intel Corp. INTC, -1.70% off 1%, were leading losses.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.33% was off by 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,270 with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Industrials, consumer-discretionary, and technology shares were the worst performers, while real estate and utilities stocks attracted buyers.

The health-care sector, which was down in early trade, rebounded after President Trump called for scaling back drugmaker’s regulation, lowering taxes and prices of medicines.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.25% declined 31 points, or 0.6%, to 5,581.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $28.11 is higher than the opening price of $26.45, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Juniper Networks, Inc. stock has a high of $29.21. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) shares last traded at $26.42, a dip of $0.04 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $26.45, they fluctuated from $26.35 and $26.51 throughout the day.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) currently has a market cap of 10.04B.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) Average Daily Trading Volume

309,014 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 38 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 369,882,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) have ranged from $21.18 – 29.210, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $28.10 and 200-day MA of $25.19. Today’s last price is 9.57%% under the 52 week high of $29.21.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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