NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In a note to investors, William Blair today upgraded Waters to Outperform.

The company's miss on third quarter earnings caused its stock to pull back, analyst Amanda Murphy wrote in her note. But after trading at a premium to the tools group for the past few years, the stock dip makes valuation on the shares more attractive, "providing a rare opportunity to own a high-quality name," she added.

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