NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mizuho Securities today upgraded Waters' stock to Buy from Neutral, citing the firm's exposure to the pharma industry, its presence in emerging markets, and its "strong" product cycle.

Mizuho also increased the price target on Waters' stock to $92 from $84. The investment firm lowered full-year 2012 revenue estimates to $1.89 billion from $1.91 billion, while maintaining an EPS estimate of $5.10.

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