Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 18 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, in early trade today, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% was off 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,265, shortly after open. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.20% was flat at 5,537. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.20% slipped 54 points or 0.3%, to 19,770.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $87.55. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Motorola Solutions, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $78.00, less than the opening price of $80.97, a difference of 9.62 percent. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring updates, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) opened at $80.97 yesterday and traded in a range between, $80.55 and $81.37, and last traded at $81.10, a spike of $0.37 from the previous closing price.

Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) currently has a market cap of 13.46B.

Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 933,258 shares out of a total float 165,404,000 and some 62,065 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 73 percent lower than normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) have ranged from $59.13 – 87.55, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $82.59 and 200-day MA of $76.29. Today’s last price is 7.37%% under the 52 week high of $87.55.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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