Media stories about Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Motorola Solutions earned a media sentiment score of 1.33 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media headlines about the communications equipment provider an news buzz score of 4 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the news articles that may have effected Motorola Solutions’ score:
- Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI) Given Consensus Rating of “Buy” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
- Motorola Solutions (MSI) Receives Media Impact Rating of 1.33 (americanbankingnews.com)
- Motorola (MSI) Hits 52-Week High, Can the Run Continue? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Motorola Solutions (MSI) Given a $136.00 Price Target at Raymond James (americanbankingnews.com)
- Northcoast Research Brokers Lift Earnings Estimates for Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI) (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Motorola Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday. Raymond James set a $136.00 price target on Motorola Solutions and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday. Laurentian restated a “hold” rating and set a $28.50 price target on shares of Motorola Solutions in a report on Monday, November 26th. Deutsche Bank boosted their price target on Motorola Solutions from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 5th. Finally, Gabelli downgraded Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, November 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $128.68.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 1st. The communications equipment provider reported $1.94 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.72 by $0.22. The business had revenue of $1.86 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.87 billion. Motorola Solutions had a negative return on equity of 68.88% and a negative net margin of 0.44%. The business’s revenue was up 13.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.53 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Motorola Solutions will post 6.67 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 14th will be given a dividend of $0.57 per share. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.76%. This is a boost from Motorola Solutions’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 13th. Motorola Solutions’s payout ratio is presently 40.00%.
In other Motorola Solutions news, CAO Daniel G. Pekofske sold 3,132 shares of Motorola Solutions stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $123.12, for a total transaction of $385,611.84. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Chairman Gregory Q. Brown sold 204,953 shares of Motorola Solutions stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $126.47, for a total value of $25,920,405.91. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 849,902 shares of company stock worth $107,111,734. Insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides mission-critical communication infrastructure, devices, accessories, software, and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Products and Services. The Products segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories, and software for government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers.
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