Don’t Ignore The Fact That This Insider Just Sold Some Shares In Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR)

Anyone interested in Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) should probably be aware that the Independent Director, William Stensrud, recently divested US$235k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$23.50 each. On the bright side, that sale was only 6.1% of their holding, so we doubt it’s very meaningful, on its own.

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Juniper Networks Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Senior VP, Brian Martin, for US$1.1m worth of shares, at about US$25.72 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$24.18. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive).

Juniper Networks insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:JNPR Recent Insider Trading, February 11th 2020
NYSE:JNPR Recent Insider Trading, February 11th 2020

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Does Juniper Networks Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Juniper Networks insiders own about US$87m worth of shares. That equates to 1.1% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Juniper Networks Insiders?

An insider sold Juniper Networks shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn’t see any purchases. Insider ownership isn’t particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Juniper Networks, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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