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Compugen's shares were up more than 1,000 percent for the year, leading a group of eight firms whose stocks returned a greater than 100 percent gain.

The firm came under threat of delisting after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Compugen climbed following two announcements during the month, while Helicos slumped after a placement of its shares with investors.

The upgrade comes a few weeks after Beckman Coulter issued preliminary 2010 EPS guidance.

Compugen's shares jumped 35 percent in early trade after it announced the discovery of a cancer drug target.

Decode's shares sank to a few pennies after the firm filed for bankruptcy protection. Meanwhile, Sequenom rose as it attempts rebound from a major setback in its Down syndrome test development program.

October was a tough month for tech stocks, and biotech stocks in particular. The GWDN Index fell 5 percent, with Affymetrix and Helicos recording the biggest declines for the month.

The money will be used to meet working capital needs and for general corporate purposes.

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