NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment firm ISI Group today downgraded shares of Cepheid to Sell, saying it expects the Sunnyvale, Calif. molecular diagnostics firm's base business to slow due to increased competition in the hospital-acquired infection space.

In a research note, analyst Vijay Kumar put Cepheid's price target at $34 per share and outlined three factors that he expects to constrain the company's growth in the medium term. They include competition in the HAI space; limited upside to the company's new products; and pricing pressures and higher cost of goods sold.

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