Is Motorola Solutions Destined for Greatness?

bluetooth qc15So to resume my run of content on this website, I’ve decided to share one of my favourite content pieces this week. I was tentative to include it to this blog as I really didn’t wish to offend the initial writer, but I hope he/she is happy that I enjoyed reading their article and wanted to share it with my readers.

Investors love stocks that consistently beat the Street without getting ahead of their fundamentals and risking a meltdown. The best stocks offer sustainable market-beating gains, with robust and improving financial metrics that support strong price growth. DoesMotorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI ) fit the bill? Let’s take a look at what its recent results tell us about its potential for future gains.
What we’re looking for
The graphs you’re about to see tell Motorola’s story, and we’ll be grading the quality of that story in several ways:

• Growth: Are profits, margins, and free cash flow all increasing?
• Valuation: Is share price growing in line with earnings per share?
• Opportunities: Is return on equity increasing while debt to equity declines?
• Dividends: Are dividends consistently growing in a sustainable way?

How we got here and where we’re going
We first looked at Motorola last year, and it’s earned six out of nine possible passing grades in its second assessment, the same number it earned earlier. Free cash flow has fallen since last year, but the company’s dividend payouts have increased at a greater rate. These trends might indicate the loss of a passing grade or two next year if the company remains committed to dividend payouts despite declining free cash flow. Can Motorola improve its flagging revenue and turn around a weakened free cash flow position? Let’s dig a little deeper to see what Motorola might be up to for the coming year.
Over the past few quarters, Motorola has been struggling to push its revenue higher due to weakness in its government business, thanks in no small part to the U.S. sequester — the American government now accounts for about two-thirds of its overall revenues. My Foolish colleague Rich Smith points out that Motorola recently secured some smaller government contracts, despite unpleasant fiscal conditions in the U.S. The Department of Defense awarded the company a $16.9 million contract to offer land mobile radio support services in Kuwait.
However, this is not enough to move the needle — Motorola needs some billion-dollar contracts, or at least something in the nine figures. The problem is worse for Motorola than for fellow tech contractor Harris (NYSE: HRS ) , which seems to be picking up more government money to supply radios than its peer, in addition to its other telecommunications work. Motorola is almost entirely dependent on its radio sales today, and if Harris is outperforming it, there may not be much reason to expect growth ahead.
Fool contributor John Divine notes that Motorola’s enterprise solutions segment has also been quite slow to launch new products, which led to a substantial reduction in its full-year revenue forecast. According to Reuters, the release of Motorola’s Windows 8-based enterprise handhelds has been delayed until next year, which has weighed on the company’s enterprise segment. The launch of these new products should enable Motorola to win some of the deals that were deferred due to macroeconomic uncertainties this year, and that might finally improve its weak revenue position. Motorola’s RhoElements application framework is also expected to drive growth in enterprise-based applications, and its acquisition of Psionwill help it to expand globally and strengthen its mobile computing portfolio.
Motorola could also benefit from the increasing adoption of LTE mobile networks for public safety in the domestic and overseas markets. Last year, the government approved a payroll tax bill that allows the Federal Communications Commission to auction off TV spectrum for wireless services. The FCC later reallocated the D block spectrum for public safety purposes, which is right up Motorola’s radio-focused alley, provided it isn’t undermined by Harris or other contractors.
Putting the pieces together
Today, Motorola has some of the qualities that make up a great stock, but no stock is truly perfect. Digging deeper can help you uncover the answers you need to make a great buy — or to stay away from a stock that’s going nowhere.
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Source – http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/11/07/is-motorola-solutions-destined-for-greatness.aspx

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The most popular headsets and earpieces of 2012

You are safe in the knowledge that I bring the most effective earpiece posts, a number of them are my very own several of which are curated by me, when i choose to use somebody elses articles its because it is important to my readership, so feel confident that you simply are reading the best from my industry.

events leading up to the civil war2012 was no doubt a great year for all the tech lovers. Smartphones became even more advanced and we got new software and gadgets from such titans as Apple, Google and Microsoft, but in this article we wont mention new iPads and iPhones, we are going to talk about headsets and earpieces, the segment of the market that also achieved some remarkable heights last year.

Plantronics Voyager Legend is a bit too smart to be called an ordinary Bluetooth set. Once you put the headset on, smart sensor technology reacts immediately and lets you take a call without a click. This headset announces who is calling and with voice commands answer or ignore you can either take a call or dismiss it. It also provides you with notifications about connection status and battery charge. And one of its greatest features is that if it gets lost somewhere you can track the gadget to the last place it was used, for that you need to download only one simple mobile app. Not bad for such relatively inexpensive gadget, if you ask me.

For those who have been dreaming about comfortable noise-cancelling earpieces now there is Beats by Dre Executive. It is not exactly something you would expect from the brand that is worldwide known for its colorful design, because this particular model is all about comfort: smooth leather, aluminum, noise-cancelling I think its everything someone might need to get lost in the sounds of music.

We all know that size is not always an indicator of quality, and that is the case with the following gadget. For those music lovers who are not so crazy about huge over-ear headphones 2012 brought Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones that provide fantastic sound quality and that are so small, light and comfortable you might forget you are wearing them.

Speaking about small and comfortable, there is one more gadget that seems to be getting more popular year after year wireless earpiece. This device has now became classic among gadgets for covert communication, but its constantly getting more advanced and offers more features, more working time, better sound quality and advanced ergonomic design. One of the newest features that wireless earpieces offer is an ability to listen to music covertly with the help of special MWE MP3 set. Just think about it: you are at a boring lecture or a mandatory seminar and can enjoy your favorite music up to 6 hours straight!

As you can see, last year has given us gadget that would satisfy every flavor, so you can listen to music or talk with your friend with more comfort than ever.

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