NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Goldman Sachs has placed a Buy rating on Hologic with a six-month price target on its stock of $24, as the Gen-Probe acquisition, completed a week ago, is expected to accelerate top line growth.

Analyst Isaac Ro removed his previous Not Rated designation on the Bedford, Mass.-based company and increased revenue estimates for fiscal-year 2012 to $2.00 billion from an earlier estimate of $1.91 billion, but he lowered the EPS estimate to $1.36 from $1.38.

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