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Friday, February 14, 2014

RPT-Jana Partners takes stake in Juniper, exits Agrium, (NYSE: JNPR)

Jana Partners LLC built a major stake in Juniper Networks in the fourth quarter, according to a regulatory filing on Friday, making it another shareholder activist to invest in the networking-gear company and urge cost cutting.The bet on Juniper Networks, which by late afternoon was at $27.38, down 0.35 percent, has translated into hefty profits if Jana still holds the stake: Juniper stock has jumped 21 percent so far this year.Jana's 13.4 million-share stake in Juniper means the activist investor owns about 2.65 percent of the company.The hedge fund has been talking to Juniper management to try to unlock "shareholder value" and has cited management compensation as an area of reform, according a letter to investors reported on by Reuters.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (Juniper Networks) designs, develops, and sells products and services that together provide its customers with network infrastructure. Shares of JNPR fell by 0.16% or $-0.045/share to $27.42. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $15.62 and as high as $28.75. On average, 9730050 shares of JNPR exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 3124647.