Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) saw an uptick in trading volume on Monday . 1,616,177 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 38% from the previous session’s volume of 1,170,209 shares.The stock last traded at $73.98 and had previously closed at $73.50.

Several research firms have issued reports on MSI. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Motorola Solutions in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 26th. Northcoast Research downgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 4th. Northland Securities downgraded shares of Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, May 6th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $72.00 price objective on shares of Motorola Solutions in a research note on Friday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Motorola Solutions currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $72.42.

The company has a market cap of $12.71 billion and a PE ratio of 26.08. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $67.62 and its 200-day moving average is $69.74.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $1.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.86 by $0.17. The company earned $1.40 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.40 billion. Motorola Solutions’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.68 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that Motorola Solutions Inc. will post $4.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, June 15th were given a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.22%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, June 13th.

In related news, EVP Eduardo F. Conrado sold 976 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.08, for a total value of $68,398.08. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 22,750 shares in the company, valued at $1,594,320. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Eduardo F. Conrado sold 4,300 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.29, for a total value of $297,947.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 18,450 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,278,400.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. American International Group Inc. increased its position in Motorola Solutions by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 78,396 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,366,000 after buying an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. Poplar Forest Capital LLC increased its position in Motorola Solutions by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Poplar Forest Capital LLC now owns 27,550 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,886,000 after buying an additional 700 shares in the last quarter. KBC Group NV increased its position in Motorola Solutions by 20.8% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 192,930 shares of the company’s stock worth $13,206,000 after buying an additional 33,268 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in Motorola Solutions by 52.7% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 33,154 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,269,000 after buying an additional 11,436 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Advantus Capital Management Inc increased its position in Motorola Solutions by 3.2% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 15,471 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,059,000 after buying an additional 482 shares in the last quarter.

Motorola Solutions, Inc is a provider of communication infrastructure, devices, accessories, software and services. The Company operates through two segments: Products and Services. Its Products segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories and software. The Products segment has two product lines, including Devices and Systems.

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