Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows

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Press coverage about Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Motorola Solutions earned a news impact score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories 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 next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Several analysts have 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. Deutsche Bank raised 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 note on Friday, January 12th. ValuEngine raised shares of Motorola Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Raymond James Financial assumed coverage on shares of Motorola Solutions in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Finally, BTIG Research initiated coverage on shares of Motorola Solutions in a report on Friday, March 16th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $137.00 target price for the company. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $114.17.

NYSE:MSI opened at $105.20 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.24, a current ratio of 1.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.56. The firm has a market cap of $17,109.89, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.52, a P/E/G ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.32. Motorola Solutions has a fifty-two week low of $79.63 and a fifty-two week high of $110.29.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The communications equipment provider reported $2.10 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.04 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $1.96 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.94 billion. Motorola Solutions had a negative net margin of 2.43% and a negative return on equity of 75.81%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $2.03 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Motorola Solutions will post 6.3 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 15th will be issued a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.98%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio is currently 40.00%.

In other news, major shareholder Motorola Solutions, Inc. sold 949,779 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total transaction of $14,246,685.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CAO John K. Wozniak sold 45,577 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $104.90, for a total transaction of $4,781,027.30. Following the sale, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 20,099 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,108,385.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 1,394,467 shares of company stock valued at $62,068,687. 2.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Motorola Solutions Company Profile

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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