FFIV stock: buy or sell?

FFIV stock price: $129.68 0.73% At close on August 19th, 2019

Updated on:
August 19th, 2019

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Shares of F5 Networks ended today at $129.68 and grew a slightly good 0.73%.

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.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean FFIV will fall in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

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.

Is FFIV a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-8-8Morgan StanleyUnderweightEqual Weight
2019-7-8Goldman Sachs GroupNeutralSell
2019-7-25Credit Suisse Groupn/aOutperform
2019-7-18Credit Suisse Groupn/aOutperform
2019-4-1NomuraNeutralBuy
2019-3-29Piper Jaffray CompaniesUnderweightNeutral
2019-3-13DA Davidsonn/aNeutral
2019-3-12William Blairn/aMarket Perform
2019-3-12JPMorgan Chase & Co.OverweightNeutral
2019-3-12Deutsche Bankn/aSell
2019-1-24Piper Jaffray Companiesn/aUnderweight
2019-1-17William BlairOutperformMarket Perform

FFIV stock analysis

Daily outlook

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%).

FFIV stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

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 chart (weekly)

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 $156.60

Nobody 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:
FFIV stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-8-8Morgan StanleyUpgradesn/a$130.00-
2019-7-8Goldman Sachs GroupDowngrades$165.00$120.00-27.3%
2019-7-25Credit Suisse GroupRaises Target$188.00$191.001.6%
2019-7-18Credit Suisse GroupReiterates$211.00$188.00-10.9%
2019-4-1NomuraUpgrades$155.00$180.0016.1%
2019-3-29Piper Jaffray CompaniesUpgrades$157.00$163.003.8%
2019-3-13DA DavidsonLowers Targetn/a$170.00-
2019-3-12Deutsche BankReiterates$115.00$110.00-4.3%
2019-1-24Piper Jaffray CompaniesReiteratesn/a$157.00-
(in average)$165.20$156.60-5.0%
Moving in a range from $191.00 and $110.00, the price prediction for F5 Networks stock is $156.60. In average, analysts' outlook on FFIV price target is negative, downsizing the prediction by a -5.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since 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.
FFIV earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a1.52n/a
2017-Q32017-10-252.212.4410.4%
2017-Q42018-01-242.042.2610.8%
2018-Q12018-04-251.731.84.0%
2018-Q22018-07-251.862.028.6%
2018-Q32018-10-242.122.4515.6%
2018-Q42019-01-232.042.218.3%
2019-Q12019-04-242.55n/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 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%

FFIV annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$1,480 M-$277 M18.7%-
2014$1,730 M16.89%$311 M18.0%12.21%
2015$1,920 M10.97%$365 M19.0%17.30%
2016$1,995 M3.92%$366 M18.3%0.23%
2017$2,090 M4.76%$421 M20.1%15.01%
2018$2,161 M3.41%$454 M21.0%7.83%
TTM $2,194 M1.49%$503 M22.9%10.78%

Quarterly financial results

F5 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%.
FFIV quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$518 M-$98 M18.9%-
2017-Q3$538 M3.89%$136 M25.2%38.99%
2017-Q4$523 M-2.75%$88 M16.9%-34.85%
2018-Q1$533 M1.93%$110 M20.6%23.98%
2018-Q2$542 M1.67%$123 M22.6%11.96%
2018-Q3$563 M3.78%$133 M23.6%8.26%
2018-Q4$544 M-3.37%$131 M24.1%-1.49%
2019-Q1$545 M0.21%$116 M21.3%-11.32%

F5 Networks ownership

When 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:

FFIVALLTATENCSCOJNPR
Market cap$7.7 B$243.4 M$531.7 M$207.6 B$8.3 B
Total shares59.7 M34.0 M75.6 M4,280.0 M344.3 M
Float shares59.9 M28.3 M50.5 M4,280.0 M342.6 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 selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

FFIV summary

Monday, August 19th, 2019
Open$131.02
Close$129.68
Day range$129.60 - $132.31
Previous close$128.74
Session gain0.73%
Average true range$4.35
50d mov avg$141.88
100d mov avg$147.04
200d mov avg$156.03
Daily patternlb06a
Weekly pattern lb06a

F5 Networks performance

Stocks 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.
Stock3m6m12m
FFIVF5 Networks-5.30%-24.64%-30.89%
ALLTAllot-2.19%-4.92%10.34%
ATENA10 Networks9.33%4.93%3.08%
CSCOCisco Systems-10.24%-1.98%7.59%
JNPRJuniper Networks-3.56%-11.39%-13.34%
RDWRRadware4.36%4.23%-5.93%
RNWKRealNetworks-21.36%-50.91%-51.06%

F5 Networks competitors

One 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.

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