NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Deutsche Bank has initiated coverage on the life sciences and diagnostics sector, saying it is "generally positive" on the outlook for its fundamentals, even though company valuations are near historical highs, and assigned a Neutral outlook for the group of eight stocks.

Analyst Shawn Bevec assigned Buy ratings to shares of Fluidigm, Myriad Genetics, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Hold ratings to shares of Agilent Technologies, Bruker, Illumina, PerkinElmer, and Waters. He also listed Myriad and Thermo Fisher as "top" picks.

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