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 1.7%. By the end of trading, Motorola Solutions fell 75 cents (-1.6%) to $47.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.61-$47.90 after having opened the day at $47.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.81. Other company's within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Viasat ( VSAT), down 10.3%, Telestone Technologies Corporation ( TSTC), down 9%, NTELOS Holdings ( NTLS), down 8.5%, and United States Cellular Corporation ( USM), down 7.9%.

Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides communication infrastructure, devices, software, and services for government and enterprise customers worldwide. Motorola Solutions has a market cap of $13.73 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, below the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 23.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), up 36%, ORBCOMM ( ORBC), up 9.9%, WPCS International ( WPCS), up 9.7%, and Schawk ( SGK), up 9.1%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Qualcomm ( QCOM) 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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