Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Affymetrix, The Cooper Co., Align
Technology and AmSurg
CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2013
CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses
the U.S. MedTech (Medical Technology), including Affymetrix Inc.
(Nasdaq:AFFX-Free Report) The Cooper Companies Inc. (NYSE:COO-Free Report),
Align Technology (Nasdaq:ALGN-Free Report) and AmSurg Corp. (Nasdaq:AMSG-Free
Industry: MedTech (Medical Technology)
In spite of several core market challenges, the big two medical device players
-- Medtronic and Boston Scientific -- are striving to gain share in the ICD
market through several new product launches. They are also exploring new
avenues of growth beyond the mature pacemaker and ICD markets. With gradual
stability in the ICD market, they should be able to revive their top line.
Also, better pipeline visibility and appropriate utilization of cash should
increase confidence in the medical device sector.
Microarray product maker Affymetrix Inc. (Nasdaq:AFFX-Free Report) was
languishing with its flagship GeneChip Expression products until management
found a strategy to expand into high-growth markets for translational
medicine, molecular diagnostics and applied markets. Consequently the shares
of Affymetrix hit a 52-week high accompanied by a bullish Zacks Rank #1
Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stocks in the MedTech sector includeThe Cooper Companies
Inc. (NYSE:COO-Free Report) and Boston Scientific among others. Cooper
represents a value proposition based on factors such as margin expansion,
acquisitions, product line expansion and geographical reach as well as share
buybacks. On the other hand, we are positive about multiple initiatives taken
by Boston Scientific to expand electrophysiology (EP) division.
Zacks Ranked #3 St. Jude is also doing well with its growing Atrial
Fibrillation products portfolio that witnessed a major boost with the
acquisition of Endosense and regulatory approval for its Mediguide catheters.
Beyond the MedTech majors, we are also optimistic about the Zacks Ranked #3
orthopedic device players, Zimmer Holdings and Stryker Corporation. The
percentage of population over 65 in the U.S., Europe, Japan and other regions
is expected to nearly double by the year 2030. In the U.S., the oldest baby
boomers are now approaching retirement age. We believe the orthopedic giants
stand to benefit from this aging demography.
Among scientific instrument makers, Thermo Fisher Scientific has been
successfully expanding operating margins over the past few quarters on the
back of operational efficiency. Thermo Fisher's market leading portfolio of
analytical technologies and specialty diagnostic will be complemented by the
upcoming buyout of Life Technologies. The latter has an expansive line of
consumables for genomic, molecular and cell biology.
Among mid-cap MedTech stocks, Align Technology (Nasdaq:ALGN-Free Report) and
AmSurg Corp. (Nasdaq:AMSG-Free Report) carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) look
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