The aerospace/defense industry closed the day up 1.8%. American Defense Systems Inc ( EAG), Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), Sifco Industries Inc ( SIF), and CPI Aerostructures Inc ( CVU) were all decliners today within the aerospace/defense industry with FLIR Systems Inc ( FLIR) being today's featured aerospace/defense loser. FLIR Systems Inc fell 52 cents (-1.9%) to $26.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 437,879 shares of FLIR Systems Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares.

FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets thermal imaging systems worldwide. The company operates through two divisions, Commercial Systems and Government Systems. FLIR Systems Inc has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, equal to the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates FLIR Systems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation, weak operating cash flow and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front, AAR ( AIR), Honeywell International Inc ( HON), Astrotech ( ASTC), and Kaman Corporation ( KAMN) were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Boeing ( BA) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry winner.

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