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Investment firm SAC Capital Advisors disclosed in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it has increased its stake in Applied Biosystems to 5.1 percent and that it has encouraged ABI's board of directors to explore strategic alternatives for the firm, including a possible sale. Over the past two years, SAC and its affiliated funds have spent roughly $276.2 million to acquire 8.6 million shares of ABI common stock.

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