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The San Francisco-based medical genetics firm generated $53.5 million in revenues in the second quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimate of $50.7 million.

The San Diego-based firm said it expects second quarter revenues of $835 million, short of the average analyst estimate of $888 million.

The company said it has faced competitive pressures in its diagnostics business, partially offset by organizational streamlining efforts it initiated last year.

For the last three months of 2018, Invitae reported $45.4 million in revenues compared to $25.4 million in Q4 2017, beating the consensus Wall Street estimate.

The company will compete by continuing product improvements, ramping up marketing presence, and launching an app to improve doctor and consumer engagement.

The firm reported total revenu 16.8 million, up from $187.9 million in Q2 2018 and just above analysts' average estimate.  

The index, which outperformed the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq this month, gained 11 percent and rebounded from its 11 percent loss in December.

The company said it expects revenues from its ePlex analyzers to go up approximately 110 percent year over year for Q4.

The company's CEO noted softness in both its diagnostics and life science segment. The projected revenues would fall short of the consensus Wall Street estimate.

The firm expects Q4 revenues to be in the $132 million to $133 million range, up 15 to 16 percent from a year ago and consistent with the consensus Wall Street estimate.

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