8. MKS Instruments ( MKSI) provides instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor and analyze parameters of the manufacturing processes.

The company's products are divided into three groups: instruments and control systems, power and reactive gas products, and vacuum products. MKS is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings today.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect MKSI to report second-quarter net sales of 220.67 million vs. $220.65 million in the year-ago quarter. They expect $33.75 million in net income, or 63 cents per share, compared to $33.37 million or 65 cents per share in the same quarter prior year. Meanwhile, EBITDA and gross margin are forecast at $54.6 million and 45% vs. $53.16 million and 44.11% in the same quarter prior year, respectively.

Of the five analysts covering the stock, 60% recommend a buy and 20% suggest a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 7.6% to $27.50 in the next 12 months.

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