Shares of Cepheid hit a 52-week high of $20.29 on Tuesday before closing at $20.17. The stock led all gainers in the BCW Index for the three-week period ended Tuesday, up 19.4 percent (BioCommerce Week did not publish the past two weeks and the last Index ran on Aug. 15). Cepheid signed an anthrax test agreement with the US Postal Service in mid-August worth a potential $200 million to the firm (see Briefs).

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