News headlines about Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Motorola Solutions earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 44.8152476652941 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Shares of Motorola Solutions (NYSE MSI) traded down $0.27 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $108.95. 933,538 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,325,115. Motorola Solutions has a one year low of $79.63 and a one year high of $110.29. The stock has a market cap of $17,620.00, a PE ratio of 26.57, a PEG ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.56, a current ratio of 1.35 and a quick ratio of 1.24.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The communications equipment provider reported $2.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.04 by $0.06. Motorola Solutions had a negative net margin of 2.43% and a negative return on equity of 75.81%. The company had revenue of $1.96 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.94 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $2.03 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Motorola Solutions will post 6.3 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.52 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.91%. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio is presently 50.73%.

MSI has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine cut shares of Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Motorola Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Deutsche Bank raised shares of Motorola Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 target price for the company in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Citigroup lifted their target price on shares of Motorola Solutions from $104.00 to $112.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lifted their target price on shares of Motorola Solutions from $102.00 to $116.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company. Motorola Solutions has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $112.09.

In related news, Chairman Gregory Q. Brown sold 187,000 shares of Motorola Solutions stock in a transaction on Friday, March 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.69, for a total transaction of $20,325,030.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Mark S. Hacker sold 7,411 shares of Motorola Solutions stock in a transaction on Friday, January 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.00, for a total transaction of $704,045.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 16,396 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,557,620. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 1,394,467 shares of company stock valued at $62,068,687 over the last three months. Corporate insiders own 2.50% of the company’s stock.

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Motorola Solutions Company Profile

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

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