Reviewing Arrayit (ARYC) & Coherent (COHR)

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Arrayit (OTCMKTS:ARYC) and Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Arrayit has a beta of 0.07, indicating that its stock price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coherent has a beta of 1.58, indicating that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Arrayit and Coherent’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arrayit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coherent $1.90 billion 1.55 $247.35 million $13.04 9.31

Coherent has higher revenue and earnings than Arrayit.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Arrayit and Coherent, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arrayit 0 0 0 0 N/A
Coherent 0 6 4 0 2.40

Coherent has a consensus target price of $169.88, suggesting a potential upside of 39.98%. Given Coherent’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Coherent is more favorable than Arrayit.


This table compares Arrayit and Coherent’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arrayit N/A N/A N/A
Coherent 11.56% 17.88% 10.37%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.4% of Coherent shares are held by institutional investors. 58.0% of Arrayit shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Coherent shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Coherent beats Arrayit on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Arrayit Company Profile

Arrayit Corporation, a life sciences technology company, develops, manufactures, and markets life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation, biological function, and diagnostics worldwide. The company is involved in the development and support of microarray tools and components; custom printing and analysis of microarrays for research; and the identification and development of diagnostic microarrays and tools for early detection of treatable disease states. It offers microarray printing technology, which allows the manufacture of DNA, protein, antibody, lipid, carbohydrate, and other types of microarrays for research and diagnostic applications, including gene expression, genotyping, protein profiling, and others. The company also provides automated microarray manufacturing instruments, including NanoPrint, SpotBot Titan, SpotBot Extreme, SpotBo Protein, and Personal microarrayers, as well as SpotLight CCD fluorescence scanners, SpotWare colorimetric scanners, InnoScan laser scanners, TrayMix hybridization stations, ArrayMix hybridization stations, centrifuges, air jets, vacuum products, and laboratory tools and bioinformatics computers. In addition, it manufactures consumables, such as glass substrates and slides, reagents, solutions, kits, and clean room supplies; and provides variation identification platform technology that allows diagnostic tests to be performed by depositing approximately 100,000 patient samples onto a single microarray. Further, the company is involved in the import, export, manufacture, and distribution of wholesale industrial chemicals. Arrayit Corporation offers its tools and services to genomic research centers, pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, clinical research organizations, government agencies, and biotechnology companies. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Coherent Company Profile

Coherent, Inc. provides lasers, laser-based technologies, and laser-based system solutions for a range of scientific, commercial, and industrial applications. It operates through two segments, OEM Laser Sources and Industrial Lasers & Systems. The company designs, manufactures, markets, and services lasers, laser tools, precision optics, and related accessories; and laser measurement and control products. Its products are used in markets, including microelectronics, materials processing, original equipment manufacturer components and instrumentation, and scientific research and government programs. The company markets its products through a direct sales force in the United States, as well as through direct sales personnel and independent representatives internationally. Coherent, Inc. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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