Wedbush Upgrades Meridian Biosciences (VIVO) to Neutral Post Q3 Whiff & Selloff

July 31, 2012 7:32 AM EDT
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Price: $16.45 -0.9%

Rating Summary:
    3 Buy, 5 Hold, 2 Sell

Rating Trend: Up Up

Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 19 | Down: 19 | New: 13
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Wedbush upgraded Meridian Biosciences (NASDAQ: VIVO) from Underperform to Neutral with a price target of $17.00.

Analyst, Zarak Khurshid, said, "3Q12 results miss consensus revenue and our Street-low estimate badly...Slower C.diff, H.pylori, and Foodborne sales drove the miss...Illumigene not too bad, in our view. System placements just below our
estimates, while utilization appears fairly stable...GMs very impressive. Up 290 bps q/q despite sales falloff. Opex leaner too...Upgrading to NEUTRAL on more reasonable valuation, lowered guidance and improving profitability."

Lowers FY12 EPS estimate from $0.81 to $0.80, but raises FY13 from $0.90 to $0.94.

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Shares of Meridian Biosciences closed at $16.70 yesterday.

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