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

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Motorola Solutions ( MSI) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Motorola Solutions fell $5.73 (-9.3%) to $56.02 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,271,741 shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,408,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.28-$57.10 after having opened the day at $54.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.75. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Voltari ( VLTC), down 24.6%, WPCS International ( WPCS), down 15.1%, Optical Cable Corporation ( OCC), down 7.0% and Net Element International ( NETE), down 6.3%.
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Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides mission critical communication infrastructure, devices, software, and services worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government and Enterprise. Motorola Solutions has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Novatel Wireless ( NVTL), down 8.2%, Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU), down 6.1%, Ceragon Networks ( CRNT), down 5.4% and Iteris ( ITI), down 5.0% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Siemens ( SI) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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