Cepheid

Wells Fargo downgraded Cepheid from Outperform to Market Perform, citing the firm's "credibility and visibility" following a revised 2017 outlook.

At the AMP meeting this week, JHU's Sara Sukumar discussed efforts to adapt a cell-free methylated DNA assay for breast cancer to a Cepheid Xpert cartridge.

The GenomeWeb Index was up around 2 percent, but its performance was well behind the broader stock market.

The firm claimed delays in a planned sales force expansion were partly to blame for lower-than-expected revenues; it also announced the FDA clearance of an assay for Trichomonas vaginalis.

The investment bank issued its downgrade citing concerns about changes to Cepheid's sales force and a flattening of its MRSA assay sales. 

The firm reported results today in line with preliminary results reported last week, and affirmed its updated full-year guidance.

With recent and impending launches of POC MDx platforms, some industry observers believe the technology could replace some POC immunoassays in a few years.

In addition to a steep slide in the company's share price, Raymond James lowered its rating for Cepheid's stock to Market Perform.

For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Cepheid reported preliminary revenue of approximately $126.5 million, shy of the Wall Street estimate of $127.8 million.

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