Motorola Solutions’ (MSI) Outperform Rating Reaffirmed at William Blair

William Blair reiterated their outperform rating on shares of Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSIFree Report) in a research note published on Friday, RTT News reports.

Several other research firms have also recently weighed in on MSI. StockNews.com cut shares of Motorola Solutions from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Saturday, November 11th. Barclays upped their price target on shares of Motorola Solutions from $333.00 to $352.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft began coverage on shares of Motorola Solutions in a report on Friday, January 19th. They issued a buy rating and a $350.00 price objective for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. According to MarketBeat.com, the stock currently has a consensus rating of Moderate Buy and a consensus target price of $328.29.

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Motorola Solutions Trading Down 3.2 %

Motorola Solutions stock opened at $320.30 on Friday. Motorola Solutions has a fifty-two week low of $255.85 and a fifty-two week high of $333.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.37, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a current ratio of 1.00. The stock has a market cap of $53.17 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.26, a PEG ratio of 2.76 and a beta of 0.92. The firm’s fifty day moving average price is $319.25 and its 200-day moving average price is $299.87.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSIGet Free Report) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The communications equipment provider reported $3.90 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.63 by $0.27. The business had revenue of $2.85 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.82 billion. Motorola Solutions had a net margin of 17.12% and a return on equity of 441.65%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $3.38 earnings per share. Equities research analysts forecast that Motorola Solutions will post 11.63 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Motorola Solutions Increases Dividend

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th were issued a dividend of $0.98 per share. This is a boost from Motorola Solutions’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.88. This represents a $3.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.22%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio is currently 39.48%.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Beacon Pointe Advisors LLC grew its stake in Motorola Solutions by 0.7% during the 4th quarter. Beacon Pointe Advisors LLC now owns 4,754 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $1,488,000 after buying an additional 32 shares during the last quarter. OmniStar Financial Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Motorola Solutions by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. OmniStar Financial Group Inc. now owns 2,032 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $636,000 after purchasing an additional 33 shares during the last quarter. Valley National Advisers Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Motorola Solutions by 21.3% during the fourth quarter. Valley National Advisers Inc. now owns 188 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $58,000 after purchasing an additional 33 shares during the period. Rosenberg Matthew Hamilton boosted its position in Motorola Solutions by 15.1% in the third quarter. Rosenberg Matthew Hamilton now owns 275 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock valued at $75,000 after buying an additional 36 shares during the last quarter. Finally, AdvisorNet Financial Inc boosted its holdings in shares of Motorola Solutions by 9.4% in the 3rd quarter. AdvisorNet Financial Inc now owns 444 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock valued at $121,000 after acquiring an additional 38 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 82.37% of the company’s stock.

Motorola Solutions Company Profile

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Motorola Solutions, Inc provides public safety and enterprise security solutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Products and Systems Integration, and Software and Services. The Products and Systems Integration segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories, and video security devices and infrastructure, as well as the implementation and integration of systems, devices, software, and applications for government, public safety, and commercial customers who operate private communications networks and video security solutions, as well as manage a mobile workforce.

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