NEW DIRECTIONAL PUT PLAYS

Motorola Solutions, Inc. - MSI - close: 59.68 change: -0.62

Stop Loss: 62.05
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 2.0 million
Entry on August -- at $---.--
Listed on August 27, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
According to a company press release, "Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter."

What does that mean in English? The company makes all sorts of devices (scanners, kiosks, mobile computers, pagers, RFID products, tablets, and two-way radios), systems and networks, software and applications, and accessories. MSI has sales in over 100 countries with more than 20,000 employees. The company has over $8 billion in annual revenues.

The challenge now is that those revenues seem to be falling. MSI issued an earnings warning back in April. Their results in May were in-line with these lowered estimates. The most recent earnings report came out on August 5th. Analysts were expecting adjusted earnings per share of $0.62. MSI only delivered $0.47. Revenues were down -7% to $1.39 billion, well below Wall Street's estimate of $1.96 billion.

MSI management then lowered their current quarter guidance into the 35-41 cent range, significantly below Wall Street's $1.01 estimate. Revenue guidance was also forecasted to fall -7% to -9%.

The company used to be a dominant player in wireless communications from two-way radios to mobile phones. Now they're struggling with rising competition. The stock's recent sell-off is starting to break some major support.

Today's display of relative weakness broke down below round-number, psychological support at the $60.00 mark. If this trend continues it could signal a pivotal direction change for MSI. Today's low was $59.46. We're suggesting a trigger to buy puts at $59.25.

Trigger @ $59.25

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the MSI 2015 Jan $60 PUT (MSI150117P60) current ask $3.20

Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

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