Media stories about Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Motorola Solutions earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 45.5333804937309 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Motorola : Opens New Italian Office in Downtown Milan (4-traders.com)
- Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for September 14, 2017 – Nasdaq (nasdaq.com)
- Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Hold” (americanbankingnews.com)
- Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) shares are clocking price at $87.06 with change of 0.06% – Street Observer (press release) (streetobserver.com)
Shares of Motorola Solutions (MSI) opened at 85.48 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $13.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.54 and a beta of 0.33. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $87.73 and its 200-day moving average is $85.72. Motorola Solutions has a 52 week low of $71.24 and a 52 week high of $93.75.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The communications equipment provider reported $1.06 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.99 by $0.07. Motorola Solutions had a negative return on equity of 93.44% and a net margin of 10.38%. The firm had revenue of $1.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.46 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.03 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Motorola Solutions will post $5.29 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.47 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $1.88 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.20%. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 49.60%.
A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on MSI. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $97.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. UBS AG upgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, May 22nd. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price target on shares of Motorola Solutions in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $62.76 to $95.00 in a research note on Monday, May 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Cowen and Company reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $83.00 price objective (up previously from $75.00) on shares of Motorola Solutions in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $94.08.
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In other Motorola Solutions news, EVP Bruce W. Brda sold 25,299 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.11, for a total transaction of $2,254,393.89. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 23,829 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,123,402.19. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Eduardo F. Conrado sold 6,998 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.13, for a total value of $623,731.74. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 22,858 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,037,333.54. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
Motorola Solutions Company Profile
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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