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FLIR Systems



) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, FLIR Systems rose $2.82 (9.7%) to $31.91 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,584,167 shares of FLIR Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,202,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.81-$32.28 after having opened the day at $29.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.09. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:




), up 8.4% and

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings



), up 5.7%.

FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets thermal imaging systems worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Thermal Vision & Measurement (TVM), Raymarine, Surveillance, Detection, and Integrated Systems. FLIR Systems has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 30.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate FLIR Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

FLIR Systems

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Astrotech Corporation



), down 4.3% and

Erickson Air-Crane



), down 1.7%.

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