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How to buy Motorola Solutions stock

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Motorola Solutions, Inc is a communication equipment business based in the US. Motorola Solutions shares (MSI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Motorola Solutions employs 18,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$7.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Motorola Solutions

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Motorola Solutions. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MSI. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Motorola Solutions reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Motorola Solutions, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Motorola Solutions. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Motorola Solutions share price

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Motorola Solutions shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$119.1974 - USD$184.88
50-day moving average USD$177.6318
200-day moving average USD$167.082
Wall St. target priceUSD$206.44
PE ratio 32.9596
Dividend yield USD$2.63 (1.46%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.45

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Is it a good time to buy Motorola Solutions stock?

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Is Motorola Solutions under- or over-valued?

Valuing Motorola Solutions stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Motorola Solutions's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Motorola Solutions's P/E ratio

Motorola Solutions's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 33x. In other words, Motorola Solutions shares trade at around 33x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Motorola Solutions's PEG ratio

Motorola Solutions's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.864. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Motorola Solutions's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Motorola Solutions's EBITDA

Motorola Solutions's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Motorola Solutions's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Motorola Solutions financials

Revenue TTM USD$7.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 20.56%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.85%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 12.8%
Book value $-5.875
Market capitalisation USD$30.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Motorola Solutions shares

There are currently 1.7 million Motorola Solutions shares held short by investors – that's known as Motorola Solutions's "short interest". This figure is 4.3% up from 1.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Motorola Solutions shares can be evaluated.

Motorola Solutions's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Motorola Solutions's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Motorola Solutions shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Motorola Solutions shares traded daily (recently around 754672.68722467). Motorola Solutions's SIR currently stands at 2.27. In other words for every 100,000 Motorola Solutions shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2270 shares are currently held short.

However Motorola Solutions's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Motorola Solutions shares, or, against the total number of tradable Motorola Solutions shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Motorola Solutions's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Motorola Solutions shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0133% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Motorola Solutions shares, roughly 13 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Motorola Solutions.

Find out more about how you can short Motorola Solutions stock.

Motorola Solutions's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Motorola Solutions.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Motorola Solutions's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 21.45

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Motorola Solutions's overall score of 21.45 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Motorola Solutions is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Motorola Solutions's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.4/100

Motorola Solutions's environmental score of 8.4 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Motorola Solutions is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Motorola Solutions's social score

Social score: 12.59/100

Motorola Solutions's social score of 12.59 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Motorola Solutions is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Motorola Solutions's governance score

Governance score: 11.46/100

Motorola Solutions's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Motorola Solutions is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Motorola Solutions's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Motorola Solutions scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Motorola Solutions hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Motorola Solutions, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 21.45
Total ESG percentile 15.96
Environmental score 8.4
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 12.59
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 11.46
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 3

Motorola Solutions share dividends

35%

Dividend payout ratio: 35.11% of net profits

Recently Motorola Solutions has paid out, on average, around 35.11% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.58% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Motorola Solutions shareholders could enjoy a 1.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Motorola Solutions's case, that would currently equate to about $2.63 per share.

While Motorola Solutions's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Motorola Solutions may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Motorola Solutions's most recent dividend payout was on 15 April 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Motorola Solutions's shares ever split?

Motorola Solutions's shares were split on a 10000:4042 basis on 4 January 2011. So if you had owned 4042 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Motorola Solutions shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 59.6% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Motorola Solutions shares which in turn could have impacted Motorola Solutions's share price.

Motorola Solutions share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Motorola Solutions's shares have ranged in value from as little as $119.1974 up to $184.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MSI.US volatility(beta: 0.76)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Motorola Solutions's is 0.7625. This would suggest that Motorola Solutions's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Motorola Solutions overview

Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides mission critical communications and analytics in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Products and Systems Integration, and Services and Software. The Products and Systems Integration segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories, and video security devices and infrastructure, as well as the implementation, optimization, and integration of systems, devices, software, and applications for government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers. Its LMR and video security and analytics devices include two-way portable and vehicle-mounted radios, fixed and mobile video cameras, and accessories; radio network core and central processing software, base stations, consoles, and repeaters; and video analytics, network video management hardware and software, and access control solutions. The Services segment provides repair, technical support, and hardware maintenance services. This segment also offers monitoring, software updates, and cybersecurity services; and public safety and enterprise command center software, unified communications applications, and video software solutions. It serves for government, public safety, and commercial communication networks. The company was formerly known as Motorola, Inc. and changed its name to Motorola Solutions, Inc. in January 2011. Motorola Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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