FLIR Systems Inc. (FLIR): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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FLIR Systems ( FLIR) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, FLIR Systems fell $0.40 (-1.2%) to $32.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,807,938 shares of FLIR Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,038,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.44-$33.34 after having opened the day at $33.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.90. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 7.2%, Air Industries Group ( AIRI), down 5.7%, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 2.9% and Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), down 2.0%.

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 $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate FLIR Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FLIR Systems as a buy. 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Frontline ( FRO), up 6.5%, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 4.9%, Orbital Sciences Corporation ( ORB), up 4.2% and Alliant Techsystems ( ATK), up 3.9% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Raytheon Company ( RTN) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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