NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Brooks Automation (Nasdaq: BRKS) is trading at unusually high volume Friday with 1.6 million shares changing hands. It is currently at four times its average daily volume and trading up 76 cents (+6.7%) at $12.05 as of 12:59 p.m. ET.

Brooks Automation has a market cap of $723.5 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Brooks Automation, Inc. provides automation, vacuum, and instrumentation solutions for semiconductor manufacturing, life sciences, and clean energy markets worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, above the average electronics industry P/E ratio of 5.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brooks Automation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Brooks Automation Ratings Report.

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