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

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Motorola Solutions ( MSI) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Motorola Solutions rose $0.70 (1.2%) to $60.39 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,278,373 shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,966,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.88-$60.76 after having opened the day at $59.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.69. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Glowpoint ( GLOW), up 21.2%, Sierra Wireless ( SWIR), up 18.4%, PT Indosat TBK ( IIT), up 12.5% and Motricity ( MOTR), up 11.8%.

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 $15.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Motorola Solutions a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, BlackBerry ( BBRY), down 17.1%, Net Element International ( NETE), down 11.9%, Otelco Inc. Class A ( OTEL), down 7.6% and eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with AT&T ( T) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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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