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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Motorola Solutions fell $1.11 (-1.7%) to $63.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,082,154 shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,320,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.74-$64.33 after having opened the day at $64.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.91. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Ikanos Communications ( IKAN), down 16.0%, TeleCommunication Systems ( TSYS), down 7.7%, xG Technology ( XGTI), down 7.0% and Novatel Wireless ( NVTL), down 6.6%.

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 $16.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Motorola Solutions a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Blonder Tongue Laboratories ( BDR), up 10.1%, Alvarion ( ALVR), up 9.5%, JDS Uniphase Corp (CA ( JDSU), up 4.5% and eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 4.2% , 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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