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

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Motorola Solutions ( MSI) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Motorola Solutions rose $1.81 (3.6%) to $51.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.34-$51.85 after having opened the day at $50.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.77. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: SatCon Technology Corporation ( SATC), up 68%, SL Industries ( SLI), up 19.2%, Facebook Inc Class A ( FB), up 19.1%, and DynaVox ( DVOX), up 16.9%.
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Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides communication infrastructure, devices, software, and services for government and enterprise customers worldwide. Motorola Solutions has a market cap of $14.44 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.1, below the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 24.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, A123 Systems ( AONE), down 33.3%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 15.3%, Unisys Corporation ( UIS), down 13.5%, and Compuware Corporation ( CPWR), down 11.8%, were all laggards within the technology sector with Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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