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Profits out of darkness



July 09, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FLIR

On my Barchart Portfolio Blog portfolio I bring to your attention stocks you might want to consider for your portfolio. Flir Systems ( FLIR ) came into my radar when I was screening for stocks that have hit the most frequent new highs in the last month's trading sessions

They design, manufacture and market thermal imaging and broadcast camera systems for applications in the commercial and government markets. The thermal imaging systems use infrared technologies that detect infrared radiation, or heat, enabling the operator to measure minute temperature differences and to see objects in daylight or total darkness and through smoke, haze and most types of fog. These technologies sort of let you see in the dark. It could be used by soldiers, hunters or even law enforcement to find pot houses.

Some analysts are predicting that since the US forces in the Middle East are one of the largest customers that the stocks glory days are over. I'm taking an opposite view and think that the company's equipment will have a lot of civilian applications because as much as we'd like to believe it the war on terrorists will never be over and neither will the war on drugs. The stock is trading at 30.49 and a stop loss at 28.98, which is the present 50 day moving average is advised in case I'm wrong.

The stock hit 12 new highs in the last 20 sessions and is 4 for 5 recently. The last month has seen a 14.29% price appreciation. 12 of the 13 Barchart technical indicators signal buy for an over all buy rating of 96%. The stock trades above its 20, 50 and 100 day moving average and has a Barchart Trend Spotter (tm) buy signal.

Investor confidence as measured on Motley Fool is extremely high with the CAPS members voting 843 to 24 that the stock will beat the market, The more experienced All Stars agree by a vote of 217 to 2. Fool notes that the columnist they follow have written positive articles 11 to 1.

The fundamentals on this stock are very strong. The Wall Street brokerage firms like it and have 9 buy and 8 hold reports published. They expect sales to increase 13.60% this year and 13.40% next year. Double digit earnings growth projections have also been published with EPS increases of 14.50% next year and a 5 year compounded EPs growth rate of 16.32% estimated.

I'm high on this stock and adding it to my Barchart New High portfolio because:

1 - Barchart technical buy signals for a 96% overall buy signal

2 -  New highs in better than 50% of the most recent trading sessions

3 -  Extremely high investor sentiment

4 -  Wall Street buy recommendations to their clients based on estimates of double digit increases in sales and earning

Jim Van Meerten is an investor who writes on investing here and on Barchart Portfolio Blogs. Please leave a comment below or email

Disclosure: No positions in the stock mentioned at the time of publication

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