NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment firm Mizuho late on Thursday upgraded Cepheid to a Buy rating, calling the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based molecular diagnostics firm "a best-in-class diagnostics company."

Analyst Peter Lawson upgraded Cepheid from a Neutral rating, although he lowered estimates to take into account potential lingering issues with the company's manufacturing capabilities, as well as a slower than expected uptake of new products.

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