After seeing a higher than expected drop, shares of Affymetrix (NASDAQ:AFFX) appear to be showing some a bottom at these price levels. Please note that AFFX is not to be confused with Affymax, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFFY) whose shares were up 8.00+0.36 (4.71%) on Monday.
Affymetrix Inc is engaged in creating breakthrough tools that drive the genomic revolution. The company also develops and commercializes systems that enable scientists to improve quality of life. Affymetrix' product categories include: microarray solutions, quantitative assays, PCR, molecular biology enzymes, molecular biology kits and reagents, biochemicals, detergents and lipids, etc. The company’s microarray solutions include all necessary components for a successful microarray experiment, from arrays and reagents to instruments and software. The company offers a wide selection of products and kits for popular molecular biology applications, including cloning, RNA analysis, DNA sequencing, and protein analysis. As noted by The Motley Fool, Federal research spending in this space may be cut, and Affymetrix is feeling the effects of the outlook. It's shares have been cut in half from their 52-week highs. Analysts who cover the company have assigned a median price target of $5 per share and a mean target of $5.86.
Still something that jumps out here is that net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter are at 3.5M, which is 6.23% of the company's 56.19M share float. In addition, this fall insiders purchased $293,348 worth of stock at an average cost of $4.46-- when shares were 13.45% higher than they are today. And as the saying goes, there is only one reason insiders buy shares: They want to make money.
Recently, the firm announced that it would buy privately held eBioscience Inc. for $330 million in a deal it expects to expand its product portfolio and diversify revenue. In fact, EBioscience is expected to have 2011 sales of more than $70 million. Can it be that Wall Street missed that detail? It certainly looks like Affymetrix has some fundamental reasons to rise, but our scan thinks it's time shares rise as well.
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If you still don’t buy it, then the answer is simple. Paper trade and track this stock and see if the mathematicians, analysts and market monitors who came up with this idea were right.
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