Top Stock Picks for the Week of February 20th

MKS Instruments, Inc. MKSI -- This worldwide developer and manufacturer of scientific and technical instruments for the semiconductor industry, is a Zacks #1, Strong Buy, with Growth and VGM scores of B. The company posted earnings beats for 16 straight quarters and the past month has seen a sharp increase in earnings estimates for 2017 as well. The company recently raised its quarterly dividend by 3%. This not only affirms its financial and operational strength, but also makes it a stock that yield-seeking investors should consider. Also a great semiconductor play.

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc.AXL is a world leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of driveline systems for light trucks and sport utility vehicles. A Zacks #1, Strong Buy, this stock has Value, Momentum and VGA scores of A and has outperformed its industry category over the last 3 months. This company posted record annual 2016 revenue. Record sales and profits are expected for 2017 also. All of this and more have the wheels on this company moving in the right direction.

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