Media coverage about Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Motorola Solutions earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 44.8152476652941 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:
- Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) stock shows -0.82% move from 52-week high – Analyst Recommendation (press release) (blog) (analystrecommendation.com)
- Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) predicted 7.28% EPS growth for next year – Wallstreet Investorplace (wallstreetinvestorplace.com)
- Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) – Yesterday’s Hot Mover – Nasdaq Journal (nasdaqjournal.com)
- Nokia’s Unium Buyout Enhances Whole-Home Wi-Fi Network – Nasdaq (nasdaq.com)
- Motorola Solutions (MSI) Research Coverage Started at BTIG Research (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of research analysts recently commented on MSI shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Citigroup increased their target price on shares of Motorola Solutions from $120.00 to $130.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 9th. Deutsche Bank raised shares of Motorola Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Raymond James Financial started coverage on shares of Motorola Solutions in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. started coverage on shares of Motorola Solutions in a research report on Friday, February 9th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $115.00 target price on the stock. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $114.17.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The communications equipment provider reported $2.10 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate 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 analysts’ expectations of $1.94 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $2.03 EPS. Motorola Solutions’s quarterly revenue was up 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Motorola Solutions will post 6.3 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -192.59%.
In other news, EVP Mark S. Hacker sold 19,700 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total value of $1,832,100.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 28,685 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,667,705. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Chairman Gregory Q. Brown sold 185,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $109.08, for a total transaction of $20,179,800.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 1,394,467 shares of company stock valued at $62,068,687 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 2.50% of the company’s stock.
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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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