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LabCorp

$144.26

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LabCorp announces extension of distribution agreement with OmniSeq

OmniSeq and LabCorp announced an extension of their exclusive distribution agreement as well as an additional investment by LabCorp. The distribution agreement and LabCorp's initial investment in OmniSeq's Series B financing round were first announced in August 2017. The distribution agreement originally provided LabCorp with exclusive distribution rights for the OmniSeq comprehensive and immune report card clinical assays. The agreement's extension adds OmniSeq Advance, as well as the OmniSeq MSI NGS test. Together, OmniSeq's next-generation sequencing, or NGS-based assays provide comprehensive genomic and immune profiling to enable oncologists to select the most appropriate therapies or clinical trials for each patient. Pursuant to the agreement, OmniSeq's suite of advanced tests will be exclusively offered by LabCorp to U.S.-based physicians through Integrated Oncology, a member of the LabCorp Specialty Testing Group and globally to biopharmaceutical customers through Covance, LabCorp's drug development business. Proceeds from LabCorp's additional investment will be used by OmniSeq to pursue FDA approval or clearance of its proprietary NGS-based comprehensive genomic and immune profiling panels, to continue the development of new panels intended to predict the response to checkpoint inhibitors and other immune-therapies, and to support the expansion of testing operations.

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LH LabCorp
$144.26

-0.94 (-0.65%)

04/02/19
JEFF
04/02/19
UPGRADE
Target $107
JEFF
Buy
Quest, LabCorp upgraded to Buy ahead of UnitedHealth lab network rollout
Jefferies analyst Brian Tanquilut upgraded both Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and Laboratory Corp. of America (LH) to Buy from Hold on the belief that UnitedHealth's (UNH) rollout on July 1 of its preferred lab network will be a positive catalyst for both stocks. Quest and LabCorp's likely inclusion should bolster their organic growth beginning in 2020, Tanquilut tells investors in a research note. The analyst finds both stocks "compelling" with their 2019 outlooks "seemingly de-risked with fairly conservative guidance ranges" and 2020 consensus estimates "looking conservative." Further, Quest's and LabCorp's valuations are at below-historical relative averages, Tanquilut contends. The analyst raised his price target for Laboratory Corp. to $190 from $154 and for Quest to $107 from $93.
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WOLF
04/02/19
INITIATION
Target $150
WOLF
Underperform
LabCorp initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research
Wolfe Research started LabCorp with an Underperform rating and $150 price target, citing concerns about the 2021 impact of PAMA and exposure to patient collections.
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Fly Intel: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo with analyst Neil Kalton saying a key tenant to his thesis is that ExGen's nuclear fleet operates through the end of the units' various license extension periods, which will likely require additional policy support. 2. CommScope (COMM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse with analyst Sami Badri citing fundamental strength in the combined business computed in his updated CommScope-Arris (ARRS) merger model with the Arris acquisition expected to close in April 2019. 3. Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies. 4. Hostess Brands (TWNK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank with analyst Rob Dickerson saying management execution, a turnaround to profitability in the Chicago bakery and improved pricing could return Hostess to "top-tier revenue growth" this year. 5. Amphenol (APH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at SunTrust with analyst William Stein saying in a world of uncertainty, Amphenol offers more dependable upside. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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UnitedHealth preferred lab launch a long-term plus for Invitae, says Benchmark
Benchmark analyst Bruce Jackson noted that UnitedHealthcare (UNH) plans to launch a Preferred Laboratory Network to include Invitae (NVTA), which he views as a long-term positive for the latter and "another building block for Invitae's strategy to make genetic testing more widely available and more easily reimbursed." Other labs named to the preferred network include LabCorp (LH), Quest Diagnostics (DGX), and BioReference and GeneDx, which are both part of Opko (OPK), the analyst noted. UnitedHealthcare's current network includes NeoGenomics (NEO) and he doesn't anticipate any impact to NeoGenomics from the preferred network launch, added Jackson.

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