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 up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Motorola Solutions fell $2.60 (-3.9%) to $64.51 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,356,148 shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,382,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.68-$65.67 after having opened the day at $63.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.11. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: MER Telemanagement Solutions ( MTSL), down 14.6%, Inteliquent ( IQNT), down 5.3%, Net Element ( NETE), down 5.0% and NII Holdings ( NIHD), down 3.9%.

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 $17.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Motorola Solutions a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year 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 positive front, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 44.6%, Vonage Holdings Corporation ( VG), up 19.9%, DragonWave ( DRWI), up 13.2% and Novatel Wireless ( NVTL), up 11.6% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Ciena Corporation ( CIEN) 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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