Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

Motorola Solutions ( MSI) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Motorola Solutions rose $2.63 (5.4%) to $51.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.32-$51.85 after having opened the day at $49.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.66. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Calix ( CALX), up 12.9%, Parametric Sound ( PAMT), up 8.8%, Clearfield ( CLFD), up 7.5%, and Infinera Corporation ( INFN), up 7%.

Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides communication infrastructure, devices, software, and services for government and enterprise customers worldwide. Motorola Solutions has a market cap of $14.17 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 14.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Motorola Solutions a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Motorola Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Alvarion ( ALVR), down 10.8%, Phazar Corporation ( ANTP), down 10.8%, Powerwave Technologies ( PWAV), down 10.1%, and America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), down 9%, were all losers within the telecommunications industry with Rogers Communications ( RCI) being today's telecommunications industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the telecommunications industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Telecom ( IYZ) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication ( TLL).
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