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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR)?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Juniper Networks

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Executive VP & Chief Development Officer Anand Athreya sold US$3.4m worth of shares at a price of US$29.70 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$26.47. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it's hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$4.3m for 145.63k shares sold. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Juniper Networks shares, than buying. The sellers received a price of around US$29.48, on average. We don't gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn't put too much weight on this fact. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:JNPR Recent Insider Trading, March 31st 2019

I will like Juniper Networks better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Does Juniper Networks Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Juniper Networks insiders own 1.1% of the company, worth about US$99m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Juniper Networks Tell Us?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. Our analysis of Juniper Networks insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. 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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