Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 2/11/2019 – Motorola Solutions had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $148.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $134.00.
  • 2/8/2019 – Motorola Solutions was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 2/8/2019 – Motorola Solutions had its price target raised by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG to $150.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/8/2019 – Motorola Solutions was given a new $139.00 price target on by analysts at Raymond James. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/16/2019 – Motorola Solutions had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $134.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/8/2019 – Motorola Solutions had its price target lowered by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from $137.00 to $134.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 1/3/2019 – Motorola Solutions was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Motorola remains poised to gain from robust organic growth, disciplined capital deployment and a favorable global macroeconomic environment. It expects to witness strong demand across land mobile radio products, services and software, while the integration of Avigilon is likely to outperform expectations. The company is expanding its software offerings to provide solutions across various segments of the public safety workflow. The stock has outperformed the industry in the past year on an average. However, headwinds in currency translation is a concern as the company generates significant revenues outside the United States. Although Motorola's growth-by-acquisition strategy is encouraging, costs related with the mergers are limiting bottom line growth. The company’s cash flow yield has declined from 9.52% at year-end 2014 to 0.26% at year-end 2018, indicating under-utilization of resources and lapses in sound financial management.”
  • 12/31/2018 – Motorola Solutions had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks Investment Research. They now have a $129.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Motorola remains poised to gain from solid organic growth, disciplined capital deployment and a favorable global macroeconomic environment. It expects to witness strong demand across land mobile radio products, services and software, while the integration of Avigilon is likely to continue to outperform expectations. As the leading provider of mission-critical communication products and services, Motorola has successfully managed a steady revenue stream. The company is expanding its software offerings to provide solutions across various segments of the public safety workflow. Motorola’s competitive position along with an attractive portfolio for large addressable markets and a healthy balance sheet augur well for future growth. The stock has also outperformed the industry in the past year on an average. However, headwinds in currency translation remain a cause of concern as Motorola generates significant revenues outside the United States.”
  • 12/28/2018 – Motorola Solutions was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 12/20/2018 – Motorola Solutions had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $137.00 price target on the stock.
  • 12/18/2018 – Motorola Solutions was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Motorola remains poised to gain from robust organic growth, disciplined capital deployment and a favorable global macroeconomic environment. It expects to record strong demand across land mobile radio products, services and software, while the Avigilon acquisition is likely to continue to outperform expectations. The company is expanding its software offerings to provide solutions across various segments of the public safety workflow. The stock has outperformed the industry in the past year on average. However, headwinds in currency translation is a concern as the company generates significant revenues outside the United States. Although Motorola's growth-by-acquisition strategy is encouraging, costs related with the mergers are limiting bottom line growth. The company’s cash flow yield has declined from 9.52% at year-end 2014 to 1.29% at year-end 2017, indicating under-utilization of resources and lapses in sound financial management.”
  • 12/17/2018 – Motorola Solutions was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $142.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Motorola remains poised to gain from solid organic growth, disciplined capital deployment and a favorable global macroeconomic environment. It expects to witness strong demand across land mobile radio products, services and software, while the Avigilon acquisition is likely to continue to outperform expectations. As the leading provider of mission-critical communication products and services, Motorola has successfully managed a steady revenue stream. The company is expanding its software offerings to provide solutions across various segments of the public safety workflow. Motorola’s competitive position along with an attractive portfolio for large addressable markets and a healthy balance sheet augur well for future growth. The stock has also outperformed the industry in the past year on an average. However, headwinds in currency translation remain a cause of concern as Motorola generates significant revenues outside the United States.”

Shares of NYSE MSI traded down $0.57 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $134.80. The company had a trading volume of 1,038,970 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,141,447. The firm has a market capitalization of $22.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.74, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 0.53. Motorola Solutions Inc has a 12-month low of $96.94 and a 12-month high of $136.78.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 7th. The communications equipment provider reported $2.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.41 by $0.22. The business had revenue of $2.25 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.22 billion. Motorola Solutions had a net margin of 13.17% and a negative return on equity of 82.33%. The firm’s revenue was up 15.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.10 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Motorola Solutions Inc will post 7.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 14th were given a dividend of $0.57 per share. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.69%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 13th. This is a positive change from Motorola Solutions’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.38%.

In related news, SVP Rajan Naik sold 14,606 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $127.00, for a total transaction of $1,854,962.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 10,544 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,339,088. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 2.20% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund boosted its stake in Motorola Solutions by 10,544.5% during the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 4,378,307 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $38,000 after buying an additional 4,337,175 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Motorola Solutions by 4.4% during the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 18,540,588 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $2,412,874,000 after buying an additional 780,270 shares in the last quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in Motorola Solutions by 19.6% during the third quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 2,283,035 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $297,114,000 after buying an additional 374,328 shares in the last quarter. Ceredex Value Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Motorola Solutions by 35.9% during the fourth quarter. Ceredex Value Advisors LLC now owns 1,349,050 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock valued at $155,948,000 after acquiring an additional 356,488 shares during the period. Finally, Hexavest Inc. bought a new position in shares of Motorola Solutions during the fourth quarter valued at $40,940,000. 88.29% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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