Motorola Solutions (MSI) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Press coverage about Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Motorola Solutions earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 45.4925335492892 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

MSI has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Jefferies Group raised their price objective on shares of Motorola Solutions from $105.00 to $110.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 target price for the company in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Citigroup increased their target price on shares of Motorola Solutions from $104.00 to $112.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $103.27.

Shares of Motorola Solutions (NYSE MSI) traded down $0.22 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $105.91. 1,030,615 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,688,826. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.56, a current ratio of 1.35 and a quick ratio of 1.24. The company has a market capitalization of $17,157.42, a price-to-earnings ratio of -98.06, a PEG ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.40. Motorola Solutions has a 12-month low of $78.23 and a 12-month high of $107.78.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The communications equipment provider reported $2.10 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.04 by $0.06. Motorola Solutions had a negative net margin of 2.43% and a negative return on equity of 75.81%. The firm had revenue of $1.96 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.94 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $2.03 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Motorola Solutions will post 6.31 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be given a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.96%. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -192.59%.

In other news, major shareholder Motorola Solutions, Inc. sold 949,779 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total value of $14,246,685.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CAO John K. Wozniak sold 45,577 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $104.90, for a total transaction of $4,781,027.30. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 20,099 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,108,385.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 1,248,297 shares of company stock valued at $42,598,147 over the last 90 days. 2.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions, Inc is a provider of communication infrastructure, devices, accessories, software and services. The Company operates through two segments: Products and Services. The Company’s Products segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories and software. The Products segment has two product lines: Devices and Systems.

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