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

Motorola Solutions ( MSI) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Motorola Solutions fell 34 cents (-0.7%) to $47.46 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.59-$48.20 after having opened the day at $47.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.81. Other company's within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Ubiquiti Networks ( UBNT), down 14.8%, Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), down 13.5%, Powerwave Technologies ( PWAV), down 9.5%, and InterDigital ( IDCC), down 7.4%.

Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides communication infrastructure, devices, software, and services for government and enterprise customers worldwide. Motorola Solutions has a market cap of $13.23 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.8, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 18.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Motorola Solutions a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, MetroPCS Communications ( PCS), up 36.8%, Sprint Nextel ( S), up 20.2%, Equinix ( EQIX), up 12.7%, and Clearwire ( CLWR), up 12.2%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with American Tower ( AMT) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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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