NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Goldman Sachs has upgraded the stock of Agilent Technologies and Bruker, but downgraded Cepheid and Laboratory Corporation of America.

In a report released Sunday about the impending fiscal cliff as well as the global macroeconomic picture, analyst Isaac Ro upgraded the stocks of both Agilent and Bruker to a Buy rating from Neutral, but lowered Cepheid to Neutral from Buy and LabCorp to Sell from Neutral.

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