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Motorola Solutions Likely to Top Earnings

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We expect Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI), a leading communications equipment manufacturer, to surpass expectations when it reports its first-quarter fiscal 2013 results before the opening bell on Apr 24, 2013.

Why a Likely Positive Surprise?

Our proven model shows that Motorola Solutions is likely to beat earnings because it has the right combination of two key ingredients.

Positive Zacks ESP: Expected Surprise Prediction or ESP (Read: Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method), which represents the difference between the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate, is +1.79%. This is a meaningful and leading indicator of a likely positive earnings surprise.

Zacks #2 Rank (Buy): Motorola Solutions currently has a Zacks Rank #2. Note that the stocks with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), #2 (Buy) and #3 (Hold) have a significantly higher chance of beating earnings.

The combination of Motorola Solution’s Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and an ESP of +1.79% makes us confident of a positive earnings beat on Apr 24, 2013.

What is Driving the Better-Than-Expected Earnings?

Motorola Solutions is expected to deliver good results in the first quarter of 2013 based on its strategy to focus on stable government enterprises around the world. The company’s Enterprise segment is also poised for a good show based on several lucrative contract wins from various municipalities in the U.S. The company is also expanding in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Latin America, which will be accretive to the company’s future growth.

The Ill.-based company will benefit from FCC’s Narrowbanding mandate, which requires all licensees of the two-way radios to convert their existing wideband channels of 25 kHz to narrow bands of 12.5 kHz by the end of 2013. This ongoing conversion of public safety radios from analog to digital network technology will act as a stable revenue generator for Motorola Solutions, in this quarter.

Other Stocks to Consider

Other companies you may want to consider on the basis of our model, which shows that they have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter, are as follows:

Research in Motion Limited (BBRY) currently has an Earnings ESP of +500.00% and holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

AT&T Inc. (T) has an Earnings ESP of +1.56% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

CBS Corporation. (CBS) currently has an Earnings ESP of +1.47% and holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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