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Historically, tumultuous times offer some of the best opportunities to buy stocks, and the market's recent mess surely qualifies. Even though some investors think the better days of tech stocks are behind us, more than a few believe that electronics giant Motorola (NYSE: MOT ) is a good place to invest.
In our Motley Fool CAPS community, nearly 80% of the 2,358 investors rating the company are bullish, so there's no shortage of reasons why Motorola will thrive, three of which I've highlighted below.
But here at The Motley Fool, we're all for looking at both the good and bad sides of an investment. Once you're done with this article, you can read the case against the stock, weigh in with your own comments below, or rate Motorola yourself in CAPS.
1. Back in the black
Motorola pulled an old trick and actually reported a profit in the third quarter while it also notched up its fourth-quarter guidance, which has some investors anticipating a potential turnaround for the company. It's also considering the sale of its Home & Network Mobility unit, a deal that could potentially net $4 billion to $5 billion, and could help Motorola pay down debt and get its phone division back on a profitable path.
2. Smartphone push
Some CAPS members are happy with recent results from the push that Motorola has been making to put itself on the map in the smartphone market. It recently released the Droid with Verizon (NYSE: VZ ) and the Cliq with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile. Although the Droid isn't expected to match Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL ) strong iPhone debut, based on early sales of the device, analysts expect strong holiday sales and see it eating into the market share of Palm's (Nasdaq: PALM ) Pre and Research In Motion's (Nasdaq: RIMM ) Blackberry.
3. Riding the Android
While Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT ) Windows Mobile wanes, Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG ) Android operating system is gaining traction in smartphone traffic, and Motorola is riding its back with a 30% share of that traffic from its Droid and Cliq phones. Some CAPS members think that as more Android apps are developed, Motorola's focus on the platform will start to pay off.
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