| FLIR Systems designs, develops, markets, and distributes solutions that detect people, objects and substances that may not be perceived by human senses. Co.'s segments include: Industrial Technologies, which develops and manufactures thermal and visible-spectrum imaging camera cores and components that are utilized by third parties and other types of imaging systems; and Defense Technologies, which develops and manufactures imaging and recognition solutions for a variety of military, law enforcement, public safety, and other government customers for the protection of borders, troops, and public welfare. |
When researching a stock like FLIR Systems, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from FLIR Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for FLIR stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the FLIR 200 day moving average ("FLIR 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the FLIR 50 day moving average ("FLIR 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for FLIR Systems. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the FLIR 200 DMA and the FLIR 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("FLIR MACD"). The FLIR MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).