BioHealth & Medical Analyst Calls (AZN, NVS, NVO, CRL, IVGN, APPY, TWTI)

June 24, 2008 · Filed Under General · Comments Off 

BNP Paribas overseas has lowered ratings of AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) to Underperform from Neutral; and raised Novartis (NYSE: NVS) to Neutral from Underperform.

Goldman Sachs has raised Novo Nordisk (NYSE: NVO) to Buy from Neutral; Charles River Laboratories (NYSE: CRL) downgraded to Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

JPMorgan has raised its rating on Invitrogen (NASDAQ: IVGN) to Overweight from Neutral.

Lazard Capital Markets started coverage of Aspenbio (NASDAQ: APPY) with a “Buy” rating.

R.W.Baird Downgraded Third Wave Technologies (NASDAQ: TWTI) to Neutral from Outperform.

Jon Ogg
June 24, 2008

Analyst Research Calls Impacting Biotechs (ALXN, OSCI, SGMO, VVUS, CRA)

May 29, 2008 · Filed Under daily · Comments Off 

There were some research calls that are affecting many shares of biotech stocks this morning, as follows:

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALXN) started as Buy at Piper Jaffray, shares up almost 2%.
  • Oscient Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OSCI) started as Neutral at Piper Jaffray; shares flat as a thin volume stock.
  • Sangamo Biosciences (NASDAQ: SGMO) Started as Sell at Brean Murray; shares down 11%
  • Vivus (NASDAQ: VVUS) Cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Wachovia; shares down some 4%.

Elsewhere, Celera Genomics (NYSE: CRA) was started with a “Perform” rating at Oppenheimer.  While Celera is a molecular diagnostic company, they are involved in the identification and validation of diagnostic markers using their own proprietary genomics and proteomics discovery platforms.

Jon Ogg
May 29, 2008

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