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FLIR Systems

The thermal imaging systems company reported on April 27 first-quarter earnings of $48.1 million, or 31 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $51.3 million, or 32 cents.

"Following another quarter of disappointing top‐ and bottom‐line results, where both government and commercial revenue fell shy of our and consensus expectations, we are downgrading FLIR to a Market Perform rating," William Blair analysts wrote in an April 30 report. "While headwinds in the U.S. Defense procurement environment led us to expect a rightsizing of the business, FLIR's government business now appears likely to stabilize at a significantly lower revenue runrate level than we had previously anticipated. In addition, the company's commercial business again saw continued deceleration from prior growth levels. Full‐year guidance implies a pickup in growth in commercial revenue and stabilization for government systems in the back half of the year that we believe could be difficult to achieve. While we believe much of the pessimism is reflected in the stock and the current valuation offers limited downside risk, we believe the headwinds in the company's commercial business are likely to persist in the near term and therefore unlikely to offset further declines in the government business."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.3%






Ryder System

The transportation company reported on April 24 first-quarter earnings of $34.3 million, or 67 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $25.1 million, or 48 cents.

"First, we think an aged national fleet (average age of class 8 tractors is the highest it has been) and higher cost new trucks will continued to drive demand for used vehicles," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a May 11 report. "Ryder's off lease trucks are typically 56 years old and therefore are in high demand because these models do not have the more expensive and more complex emissions related technologies. Likewise, complex and costly new engine technologies, difficult financing markets and economic uncertainty increase the appeal of the ''lease versus buy'' decisions, particularly for the typical small and middle market shippers. We think nearterm trends in both used truck demand and leasing remain favorable. On the logistics front, we think Ryder has continued to see benefits from increased activity with existing customers as well as new business. We think new business, in part, has been driven by increased focus on supply chain resilience by Fortune 1000 companies who had witnessed numerous disruptions from the Japan earthquake, among other things."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.6%

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