Cepheid Receives FUNDING From Gates Foundation and 4 Stock Analyses Garnering Attention

Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD): According to Piper Jaffray, Cepheid’s announcement concerning initial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to buy-down the cost of Xpert MTB/RIF test in High Burden Developing Countries is a positive. The firm keeps an Overweight rating and a $42 price target on the stock.

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HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) is believed by Deutsche Bank to have solid Q2 results which were overshadowed by a new investigation disclosure, and the firm believes that the upcoming New York Times story that management expects this coming week. Deutsche states that it is less concerned because of HCA’s compliance culture, and it keeps a Buy rating and a $33 price target on the stock.

Cree Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE): According to Deutsche Bank, the downside risk to estimates for Cree’s September and December quarters because of an increased tax rate are already priced into the stock. The firm views the risk/reward on shares as attractive into the company’s June quarter results, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.

Elan Corp. plc (NYSE:ELN): Jefferies sticks to its thesis that Elan shares will trade down to about $10 with the total failure of bapineuzumab. The firm does not see a significant downside for the stock as it estimates the inherent value for Tysabri to be about $15 per share for Elan. The firm maintains a Buy rating on the stock.

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM): According to Jefferies, Research in Motion’s strategic review is probably close to an end and that the main conclusion will be the need to license BB10. The firm claims its channel checks suggests that the company’s fundamentals will keep deteriorating with a number of original equipment manufacturers targeting Blackberry subscribers. Jefferies keeps an Underperform rating and a $5 price target on the stock.

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