Aerohive Networks (HIVE) versus Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) Critical Analysis

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and Aerohive Networks (NYSE:HIVE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk …

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and Aerohive Networks (NYSE:HIVE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

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Juniper Networks has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aerohive Networks has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Juniper Networks pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Aerohive Networks does not pay a dividend. Juniper Networks pays out 41.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.5% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.8% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.1% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Juniper Networks and Aerohive Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Juniper Networks 6.26% 13.34% 6.83%
Aerohive Networks -14.99% -94.14% -16.08%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Juniper Networks and Aerohive Networks’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Juniper Networks $5.03 billion 1.67 $306.20 million $1.73 14.13
Aerohive Networks $152.90 million 1.45 -$22.92 million ($0.41) -9.98

Juniper Networks has higher revenue and earnings than Aerohive Networks. Aerohive Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Juniper Networks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Juniper Networks and Aerohive Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Juniper Networks 3 16 9 0 2.21
Aerohive Networks 0 1 3 0 2.75

Juniper Networks presently has a consensus target price of $28.26, indicating a potential upside of 15.63%. Aerohive Networks has a consensus target price of $6.13, indicating a potential upside of 49.76%. Given Aerohive Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aerohive Networks is more favorable than Juniper Networks.

Summary

Juniper Networks beats Aerohive Networks on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Juniper Networks Company Profile

Juniper Networks logoJuniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops and sells products and services for high-performance networks to enable customers to build networks for their businesses. The Company sells its products in over 100 countries in three geographic regions: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company sells its high-performance network products and service offerings across routing, switching and security. Its products address network requirements for global service providers, cloud providers, national governments, research and public sector organizations, and other enterprises. The Company offers its customers various services, including technical support, professional services, education and training programs. The Company’s Junos Platform enables its customers to expand network software into the application space, and deploy software clients to control delivery. The Junos Platform includes a range of products, such as Junos Operating System (OS) and Junos Space.

Aerohive Networks Company Profile

Aerohive Networks logoAerohive Networks, Inc. together with its subsidiaries, has designed and developed a cloud-managed mobile networking platform that enables enterprises to deploy and manage a mobile-centric network edge. Its portfolio of products and solutions is built around sets of technologies and solutions, which include Enterprise Cloud Networking, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Connectivity and Application and Insights. It conducts its business in geographic regions, including Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. Its product portfolio includes hardware products, cloud-based network management and applications, and support services. Its hardware products include access points, branch routers and access switches. Its hardware products are developed by its hardware design team working in conjunction with original design manufacturer partners, and leverage the commercially available Wi-Fi radios, network processors, crypto accelerators and switching chips.

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Two Sigma Investments LP Acquires Shares of 29834 PJT Partners (PJT)

Two Sigma Investments LP acquired a new position in PJT Partners (NYSE:PJT) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm acquired 29,834 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $1,360,000. Two Sigma Investments LP owned …

PJT Partners logoTwo Sigma Investments LP acquired a new position in PJT Partners (NYSE:PJT) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm acquired 29,834 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $1,360,000. Two Sigma Investments LP owned about 0.16% of PJT Partners as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of PJT. Maltese Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of PJT Partners by 395.4% in the 3rd quarter. Maltese Capital Management LLC now owns 204,292 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $7,826,000 after buying an additional 163,056 shares during the last quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of PJT Partners in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $5,604,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its stake in shares of PJT Partners by 68.9% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 208,047 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $7,970,000 after purchasing an additional 84,881 shares during the period. University of Notre Dame DU Lac lifted its stake in shares of PJT Partners by 46.9% in the 4th quarter. University of Notre Dame DU Lac now owns 181,949 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $8,297,000 after purchasing an additional 58,091 shares during the period. Finally, Prudential Financial Inc. purchased a new position in shares of PJT Partners in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $2,123,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 59.03% of the company’s stock.

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A number of research firms have recently commented on PJT. Sandler O’Neill cut PJT Partners from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $57.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Thursday, April 12th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research cut PJT Partners from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 11th. Bank of America raised their target price on PJT Partners from $55.00 to $60.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 12th. Finally, Buckingham Research began coverage on PJT Partners in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $51.00 target price for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $54.80.

In other PJT Partners news, General Counsel James W. Cuminale sold 2,816 shares of PJT Partners stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.05, for a total transaction of $135,308.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the general counsel now owns 49,502 shares in the company, valued at $2,378,571.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 8.01% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

PJT opened at $54.40 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $1,022.20, a PE ratio of 35.32 and a beta of 0.36. PJT Partners has a 52 week low of $34.11 and a 52 week high of $55.13.

PJT Partners (NYSE:PJT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The financial services provider reported $0.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.12. The business had revenue of $190.55 million during the quarter. PJT Partners had a positive return on equity of 319.40% and a negative net margin of 6.52%. analysts expect that PJT Partners will post 2.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 7th were paid a dividend of $0.05 per share. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.37%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, March 6th. PJT Partners’s payout ratio is 12.99%.

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PJT Partners Profile

PJT Partners Inc provides various strategic advisory, restructuring and special situations, and private fund advisory and placement services to corporations, financial sponsors, institutional investors, and governments worldwide. It offers a range of financial advisory and transaction execution capability, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments, asset swaps, divestitures, takeover defenses, corporate finance advisory, private placements, and distressed sales.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for PJT Partners (NYSE:PJT)

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Two Sigma Investments LP Has $1.44 Million Holdings in National General Holdings (NGHC)

Two Sigma Investments LP lessened its position in shares of National General Holdings (NASDAQ:NGHC) by 55.1% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 73,096 shares of the insurance provider’s …

National General logoTwo Sigma Investments LP lessened its position in shares of National General Holdings (NASDAQ:NGHC) by 55.1% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 73,096 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 89,623 shares during the period. Two Sigma Investments LP owned about 0.07% of National General worth $1,436,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in NGHC. Comerica Bank lifted its holdings in shares of National General by 49.2% in the 3rd quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 15,257 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $310,000 after purchasing an additional 5,031 shares during the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. lifted its holdings in shares of National General by 23.4% in the 3rd quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 47,509 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $908,000 after purchasing an additional 9,006 shares during the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new stake in National General in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $134,000. American International Group Inc. increased its position in National General by 8.1% in the 3rd quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 32,926 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $629,000 after acquiring an additional 2,462 shares during the period. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc increased its position in National General by 34.6% in the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 22,746 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $433,000 after acquiring an additional 5,849 shares during the period. 46.87% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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In related news, COO Peter A. Rendall sold 6,637 shares of National General stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.31, for a total transaction of $161,345.47. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 17 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $413.27. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Thomas Newgarden sold 5,084 shares of National General stock in a transaction on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.26, for a total value of $123,337.84. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 4,766 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $115,623.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 3.40% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts recently commented on NGHC shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded National General from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $22.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Mizuho lifted their price target on National General from $29.00 to $31.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 21st. B. Riley lifted their price target on National General from $29.00 to $31.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 21st. BidaskClub upgraded National General from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 22nd. Finally, ValuEngine cut National General from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. National General presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $27.50.

Shares of NASDAQ NGHC opened at $25.51 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,645.47, a P/E ratio of 22.74 and a beta of 0.93. National General Holdings has a 52-week low of $16.21 and a 52-week high of $25.75.

National General (NASDAQ:NGHC) last issued its earnings results on Monday, February 26th. The insurance provider reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $1.04 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.01 billion. National General had a return on equity of 7.10% and a net margin of 1.67%. National General’s revenue was up 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.30 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that National General Holdings will post 2.23 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 2nd were given a $0.04 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 29th. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.63%. National General’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 14.68%.

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About National General

National General Holdings Corp., a specialty personal lines insurance holding company, provides various insurance products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Property and Casualty, and Accident and Health. The Property and Casualty segment offers standard, preferred, and nonstandard automobile insurance products; and recreational vehicle (RV) insurance products that carry RV-specific endorsements comprising automatic personal effects coverage, optional replacement cost coverage, RV storage coverage, and full-time liability coverage.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for National General (NASDAQ:NGHC)

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Jefferies Group Comments on CME Group’s FY2018 Earnings (NASDAQ:CME)

CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) – Analysts at Jefferies Group upped their FY2018 earnings estimates for shares of CME Group in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, April 3rd, Zacks Investment Research reports. Jefferies Group analyst D. Fannon now expects that the financial services provider will earn …

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CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) – Analysts at Jefferies Group upped their FY2018 earnings estimates for shares of CME Group in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, April 3rd, Zacks Investment Research reports. Jefferies Group analyst D. Fannon now expects that the financial services provider will earn $7.03 per share for the year, up from their previous estimate of $6.57. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for CME Group’s FY2019 earnings at $7.06 EPS.

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CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.10 by $0.02. CME Group had a return on equity of 7.68% and a net margin of 111.49%. The firm had revenue of $900.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $886.85 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.14 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis.

CME has been the topic of several other reports. Sanford C. Bernstein began coverage on CME Group in a research note on Monday, April 9th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $190.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded CME Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. Berenberg Bank began coverage on CME Group in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. They set a “hold” rating and a $170.00 target price on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded CME Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Goldman Sachs raised CME Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $180.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, February 7th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. CME Group presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $165.57.

Shares of CME stock opened at $164.47 on Thursday. CME Group has a 1-year low of $114.82 and a 1-year high of $171.71. The company has a current ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.10. The firm has a market cap of $56,081.83, a P/E ratio of 34.48, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 0.56.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. ARK Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of CME Group in the 4th quarter valued at about $120,000. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in CME Group in the 3rd quarter worth about $124,000. AlphaOne Investment Services LLC acquired a new position in CME Group in the 4th quarter worth about $146,000. Mosaic Family Wealth LLC acquired a new position in CME Group in the 4th quarter worth about $146,000. Finally, Truewealth LLC acquired a new position in CME Group in the 4th quarter worth about $157,000. 83.41% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other news, insider Hilda Harris Piell sold 3,299 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $163.52, for a total value of $539,452.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Derek Sammann sold 2,400 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $161.66, for a total value of $387,984.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 40,153 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,491,133.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 35,699 shares of company stock valued at $5,532,362. 0.57% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th were given a dividend of $0.70 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 8th. This represents a $2.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.70%. This is a boost from CME Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.66. CME Group’s payout ratio is currently 58.70%.

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About CME Group

CME Group Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates contract markets for the trading of futures and options on futures contracts worldwide. It offers a range of products across various asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products, and metals.

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TCS vs Infosys snapshot: A comparison between two IT giants

TCS vs Infosys: Drawing comparison between the two IT giants is a quarterly phenomenon, and this time it’s TCS which has called the shots. Notably, Infosys share price had tanked 6 per cent intraday post Q4 results, while TCS share price surged over 6 per cent to hit its record high today. In Tuesday’s …

TCS vs Infosys: Drawing comparison between the two IT giants is a quarterly phenomenon, and this time it’s TCS which has called the shots. Notably, Infosys share price had tanked 6 per cent intraday post Q4 results, while TCS share price surged over 6 per cent to hit its record high today. In Tuesday’s trade, TCS surged over 6 per cent so far to hit its all-time high of Rs 3399.90. The company is the most valuable firm on Dalal Street in terms of market capitalisation, it even beats Reliance Industries. TCS brand value has crossed $10 billion mark this year. Meanwhile, Infosys, under CEO Salil Parekh is looking to get its act back together to grab the limelight once again. Infosys share price today rallied 4 per cent to hit its intraday high of Rs 1179. The stock is trading over 3 per cent lower against its 52-week high of Rs 1220.

Meanwhile, Gaurang Shah of Geojit Financial Services gave a Sell call on Infosys and a Buy on TCS for the short-term, even as he remained positive on both for the long-term. Here’s a brief comparison between Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services.

Infosys

Key financials

  • Net profit slipped 28 per cent
  • Revenues surged 1.6 per cent
  • Dollar revenues surged 1.8% per cent
  • Volume growth slipped 1.1 per cent
  • EBIT margin up 40 basis points to 24.7 per cent
  • FY19 revenue guidance 7-9 per cent
  • Attrition increased from 15.8 per cent to 16.6 per cent
  • Rs 30.5 per share dividend announced
  • Dividend to be given to 10,400 shareholders in FY19
  • One client added for order worth $7.5 crore
  • One client added for order worth $5

Key Ratios

  • Earnings per share (EPS): Rs 71.07
  • Price to earnings (PE) ratio: 15.9x

72% brokerage houses are have put a Buy call on the stock

TCS

Key financials

  • Net profit surged 5.5 per cent
  • Revenues surged 3.8 per cent in CC terms
  • Dollar revenues surged 4 per cent
  • Volumes grew by 2 per cent
  • EBIT margin up 20 basis points to 25.2 per cent
  • FY19 revenue guidance at 10 per cent growth
  • Attrition slipped to 11.8 per cent; lowest in the sector
  • Rs 29 per share dividend announced
  • 1:1 bonus announced
  • One client added for order worth $10 crore
  • Three clients added for order worth $5 crore each

Key Ratios

  • Earnings per share (EPS): Rs 134.3
  • Price to earnings (PE) ratio: 23.8x

80% brokerage houses recommending buying the stock

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