NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Brooks Automation (Nasdaq: BRKS) is tomorrow, March 7, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $11.55 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.7%.

The average volume for Brooks Automation has been 387,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Brooks Automation has a market cap of $723.5 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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 7.1, 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Brooks Automation Ratings Report.

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