By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Mizuho Securities USA has upgraded its ratings on PerkinElmer and Becton Dickinson to Outperform from Neutral.

Analyst Peter Lawson raised PerkinElmer's rating and placed a $25 price target on its stock. He said the firm has less exposure to high-risk end markets, such as academic, pharma, and government, compared to its peers. He also said that business mix is more insulated from a cyclical downturn.

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