FFIV stock: buy or sell?
August 19th, 2019
F5 Networks, Inc. develops, markets, and sells application delivery networking products that optimize the security, performance, and availability of network applications, servers, and storage systems.
Should I buy FFIV stock?You can't be a successful trader if you don't follow a methodolgy or system that assist you in choosing companies and the correct market timing. Following a trading plan helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.
None of our preferred buy setups matches with F5 Networks stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is F5 Networks stock a buy?
Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday.At Stocks2.com, we gathered 12 ratings published for FFIV stock in the last month.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-8-8||Morgan Stanley||Underweight||Equal Weight|
|2019-7-8||Goldman Sachs Group||Neutral||Sell|
|2019-7-25||Credit Suisse Group||n/a||Outperform|
|2019-7-18||Credit Suisse Group||n/a||Outperform|
|2019-3-29||Piper Jaffray Companies||Underweight||Neutral|
|2019-3-12||William Blair||n/a||Market Perform|
|2019-3-12||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||Overweight||Neutral|
|2019-1-24||Piper Jaffray Companies||n/a||Underweight|
|2019-1-17||William Blair||Outperform||Market Perform|
FFIV stock analysis
Shares of F5 Networks grew a slightly good 0.73% and closed at $129.68.
Shares of F5 Networks grew a slightly good 0.73% and closed at $129.68. FFIV marked a lower low and a lower high in the short term, defining a downward trend. Climbing above $137.91 would break this short term down trend and open possibilities for reversing this situation. Since last July 31st when FFIV stock price broke down the SMA100d line, it slid $-20.20 per share (-13.48%).
Shares of F5 Networks grew a slightly good 0.73% this week. Late July FFIV plummed a frightening -10.62% in just one week.
Late November 2018 FFIV price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides. Far behind is the all-time high F5 Networks hit late September 2018 and since then the price is -35.07% below that top.
FFIV stock price history
FFIV IPO was on June 4th, 1999 at $5.13 per share1. Since then, FFIV stock surged a 2,427.90%, with a yearly average of 121.40%. If you had invested right after FFIV's IPO a $1,000 in FFIV stock in 1999, it would worth $24,279.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
FFIV stock historical price chart
FFIV stock reached all-time highs on September with a price of $199.71.
FFIV stock price target is $156.60Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. We found 9 price predictions for F5 Networks stock released in the last month:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-7-8||Goldman Sachs Group||Downgrades||$165.00||$120.00||-27.3%|
|2019-7-25||Credit Suisse Group||Raises Target||$188.00||$191.00||1.6%|
|2019-7-18||Credit Suisse Group||Reiterates||$211.00||$188.00||-10.9%|
|2019-3-29||Piper Jaffray Companies||Upgrades||$157.00||$163.00||3.8%|
|2019-3-13||DA Davidson||Lowers Target||n/a||$170.00||-|
|2019-1-24||Piper Jaffray Companies||Reiterates||n/a||$157.00||-|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareSince April, when F5 Networks published its last earnings report, it collapsed a hair-raising -21.05%. As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this review.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsIn 2018, F5 Networks annual revenues appreciated a fine 3.41% to $2,161.41 million dollars from $2,090.04 marked in 2017. Slightly worse, its earnings margin (compared to sales) stayed constant to 20.99%, that is $453.69 million. F5 Networks fiscal year ends in September, and to evaluate its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, F5 Networks TTM sales up to March 2019 were $2,193.58 and income $502.62 M dollars. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem F5 Networks business evolution since September 2018: Annual revenues up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, grew a slightly fine 1.49%. Regarding profit margin, F5 Networks stepped up 1.92% to 20.99%
|2013||$1,480 M||-||$277 M18.7%||-|
|2014||$1,730 M||16.89%||$311 M18.0%||12.21%|
|2015||$1,920 M||10.97%||$365 M19.0%||17.30%|
|2016||$1,995 M||3.92%||$366 M18.3%||0.23%|
|2017||$2,090 M||4.76%||$421 M20.1%||15.01%|
|2018||$2,161 M||3.41%||$454 M21.0%||7.83%|
|TTM||$2,194 M||1.49%||$503 M22.9%||10.78%|
Quarterly financial resultsF5 Networks posted $544.90 million in sales for 2019-Q1, a 0.21% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $116.09 million with a profit margin of 21.30%. Profit margin slightly fell a -2.77% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 24.07%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, F5 Networks sales marked a slightly fine increase and raised a 2.17%.
|2017-Q2||$518 M||-||$98 M18.9%||-|
|2017-Q3||$538 M||3.89%||$136 M25.2%||38.99%|
|2017-Q4||$523 M||-2.75%||$88 M16.9%||-34.85%|
|2018-Q1||$533 M||1.93%||$110 M20.6%||23.98%|
|2018-Q2||$542 M||1.67%||$123 M22.6%||11.96%|
|2018-Q3||$563 M||3.78%||$133 M23.6%||8.26%|
|2018-Q4||$544 M||-3.37%||$131 M24.1%||-1.49%|
|2019-Q1||$545 M||0.21%||$116 M21.3%||-11.32%|
F5 Networks ownershipWhen you are planning to invest in a company, it's worth to check its ownership structure.
Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For F5 Networks, 0.50% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.
Bearish positions for FFIV stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.
The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to F5 Networks:
|Market cap||$7.7 B||$243.4 M||$531.7 M||$207.6 B||$8.3 B|
|Total shares||59.7 M||34.0 M||75.6 M||4,280.0 M||344.3 M|
|Float shares||59.9 M||28.3 M||50.5 M||4,280.0 M||342.6 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||105.4%||61.3%||63.5%||77.3%||93.8%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.5%||5.2%||14.7%||0.1%||1.4%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Monday, August 19th, 2019|
|Day range||$129.60 - $132.31|
|Average true range||$4.35|
|50d mov avg||$141.88|
|100d mov avg||$147.04|
|200d mov avg||$156.03|
F5 Networks performanceStocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We chose Allot, A10 Networks, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Radware and RealNetworks as the bechmarking frame for F5 Networks stock.
F5 Networks competitorsOne check before investing in any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for F5 Networks. We picked 6 companies as F5 Networks competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.
- Allot (ALLT)
- A10 Networks (ATEN)
- Cisco Systems (CSCO)
- Juniper Networks (JNPR)
- Radware (RDWR)
- RealNetworks (RNWK)
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