Why Alere Inc. Shares Popped

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What: Shares of medical diagnostics company Alere Inc.  surged 10% today after its quarterly results easily topped Wall Street expectations.

So what: The stock has soared over the past year on a string of market-topping quarters, and today's Q2 results -- adjusted EPS of $0.64 on revenue of $764 million versus the consensus of $0.48 and $720.3 million -- only reinforce that trend. Management cited double-digit growth in its diagnostics and infectious disease segments, as well as a 100% spike in diabetes test sales, for the strong quarter, prompting analysts to increase their growth estimates yet again.

Don't expect the operating momentum to slow anytime soon.

"Regarding organic revenue growth, we expect our current mid-single digit organic growth for 2013 to expand over the next 2 years to high single-digit growth by 2015," said Chairman and CEO Ron Zwanzinger in a conference call with analysts.

Of course, with the stock now up more than 70% year-to-date and trading at a PEG ratio above 1, much of that growth might already be baked into the price.   

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