Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, infrared camera maker FLIR Systems (NASDAQ:FLIR) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at FLIR Systems' business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

FLIR Systems facts

Headquarters (founded)

Wilsonville, Ore. (1978)

Market Cap

$3.89 billion


Scientific and technical instruments

TTM Revenue

$1.02 billion


CEO Earl Lewis (since 2000)
CFO Stephen Bailey (since 2000)

Return on Equity (average last three years)



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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 663 of the 688 members who have rated FLIR Systems -- or 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500. These bulls include CAPS All-Star Jeffro818 and useless33.

Two weeks ago, Jeffro818 described FLIR in highly bullish terms: "Well established player in thermal imaging, infrared and surveillance equipment. I see the demand for years to come!!"

In a pitch from last month, useless33 shares that bullishness, writing:

Afghanistan isn't going away. 3rd Gen Focal plane array staring flirs are handy for this kind of thing. HDTV granularity in these optics are much easier to interpret than grainy black and white. Bottom line: Good product, sound company. POtential large growth. Naval security due to piracy is growth area as well.

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