News headlines about Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) have been trending negative recently, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Motorola Solutions earned a media sentiment score of -2.67 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media stories about the communications equipment provider an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of analysts have commented on MSI shares. MKM Partners decreased their target price on Motorola Solutions from $170.00 to $167.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, December 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Motorola Solutions from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $169.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, December 23rd. Gabelli raised Motorola Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 1st. Deutsche Bank boosted their price target on Motorola Solutions from $180.00 to $195.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 22nd. Finally, ValuEngine cut Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. Motorola Solutions currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $180.79.
Motorola Solutions stock opened at $170.87 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $29.28 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.02, a PEG ratio of 2.45 and a beta of 0.56. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $163.39 and a 200 day moving average price of $168.18. Motorola Solutions has a 52 week low of $113.25 and a 52 week high of $182.28.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 30th. The communications equipment provider reported $2.04 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.95 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $1.99 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.99 billion. Motorola Solutions had a negative return on equity of 114.01% and a net margin of 13.50%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.94 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Motorola Solutions will post 7.26 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 13th will be given a dividend of $0.64 per share. This represents a $2.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.50%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 12th. This is an increase from Motorola Solutions’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.57. Motorola Solutions’s payout ratio is 37.48%.
Motorola Solutions Company Profile
Motorola Solutions, Inc provides mission-critical communication solutions the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Products and Systems Integration, and Services and Software. The Products and Systems Integration segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories, and video solutions, as well as the implementation, optimization, and integration of networks, devices, software, and applications for government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers.