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This Insider Has Just Sold Shares In Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI)

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Anyone interested in Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) should probably be aware that the Lead Independent Director, Kenneth Denman, recently divested US$399k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$266 each. The eyebrow raising move amounted to a reduction of 15% in their holding.

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Motorola Solutions Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chairman & CEO, Gregory Brown, sold US$9.0m worth of shares at a price of US$272 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$269. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

Motorola Solutions insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:MSI Insider Trading Volume March 17th 2023

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Does Motorola Solutions Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It's great to see that Motorola Solutions insiders own 0.4% of the company, worth about US$164m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The Motorola Solutions Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. On the plus side, Motorola Solutions makes money, and is growing profits. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Motorola Solutions you should be aware of.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

What are the risks and opportunities for Motorola Solutions?

Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides public safety and enterprise security solutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally.

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  • Earnings are forecast to grow 10.94% per year

  • Earnings grew by 9.5% over the past year


  • Significant insider selling over the past 3 months

  • Has a high level of debt

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