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Buyout talk lifts Allscripts Healthcare

Jon "DRJ" Najarian (ask-drj@optionmonster.com)

Blackstone, Carlyle Said to Be Suitors

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has received first-round bids from suitors including Blackstone Group and Carlyle Group, according to Bloomberg. MDRX rose 7 percent before the bell on my tradeMONSTER platform.

Weak Revenue Number Hurts Affymetrix

Affymetrix said in a preliminary release that third-quarter revenue was about $80 million, below the $85 million expected by analysts. The maker of genetic-testing equipment cited weaker academic spending. AFFX drops almost 10 percent in early trading.

Exact Sciences Lifted by Barron's Comments

Exact Sciences received a positive write-up from Barron's over the weekend. The newspaper cited the company's promising colon-cancer detection technology, which could potentially come to market by 2014. EXAS rose 9 percent in the premarket.

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