Media stories about Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Motorola Solutions earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 44.7728182441279 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
Several research analysts have recently issued reports on MSI shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, August 28th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded Motorola Solutions from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $62.76 to $95.00 in a report on Monday, May 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating on shares of Motorola Solutions in a report on Friday, June 23rd. Northcoast Research upgraded Motorola Solutions from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, May 30th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Motorola Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $94.08.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE MSI) traded up 1.06% on Friday, reaching $85.48. 1,799,130 shares of the company traded hands. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $87.92 and its 200-day moving average is $85.68. The stock has a market capitalization of $13.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.54 and a beta of 0.33. Motorola Solutions has a 1-year low of $71.24 and a 1-year high of $93.75.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The communications equipment provider reported $1.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.99 by $0.07. Motorola Solutions had a net margin of 10.38% and a negative return on equity of 93.44%. The business had revenue of $1.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.46 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.03 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Motorola Solutions will post $5.29 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.47 per share. This represents a $1.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.20%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. Motorola Solutions’s payout ratio is 49.60%.
In other news, EVP Eduardo F. Conrado sold 6,998 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.13, for a total transaction of $623,731.74. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 22,858 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,037,333.54. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP Bruce W. Brda sold 25,299 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.11, for a total transaction of $2,254,393.89. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 23,829 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,123,402.19. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.50% of the stock is owned by corporate 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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