NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Goldman Sachs today downgraded Agilent Technologies and Genomic Health, but upgraded Waters.

The changes to the three firms' ratings are part of a "recalibrating" of the investment bank's Life Science Tools portfolio in light of tighter credit in China and an "underappreciated risk" of renewed austerity as the US Fiscal Year 2014 budget and debt ceiling "come back into focus," analyst Isaac Ro said in a research report.

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