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Two Ways To Play: Motorola Drops Call


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Bloomberg reports research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics say Motorola (MOT) may lose its spot as the number one provider of mobile-phones in the U.S.

MOT's market share in the U.S. dropped 25% in the first quarter, according to IDC, while Korean companies Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics both expanded 21% and Apple (AAPL) moved in on sales with its iPhone. Analysts predict Motorola will lose its top spot in the industry it helped create nearly 25 years ago by the end of this year. The U.S. is the only region it leads and its market share globally fell by half to 9.7% in the past 12 months.

Motorola is under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn to split off the mobile hand-set division and focus on two way radios, wireless-networking and set-top boxes. These companies are profitable while its handset business has lost more than $1.5 billion since the beginning of 2007.

Professor Glenn Curtis mentioned Carl Icahn's interest in Motorola as well as Yahoo in his column Billionaire Carl Icahn Sets Sights On Yahoo.

From the Bull Pen: Bulls are thinking the new CrackBerry and the new iPhone. They are considering upside plays in Research In Motion (RIMM) and Apple (AAPL).

From the Bear Cave: The picture certainly isn't pretty for Motorola but bears will see better downside plays elsewhere. Stocks like Verizon (VZ) might be a better opportunity, as it approaches $40.
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