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What: Sequenom (Nasdaq: SQNM) shares were up 10% today after the company released earnings.

So what: In the third quarter, revenue grew 27% to $11.7 million and the net loss reached $22.7 million, or $0.30 per share. The loss was partly because of litigation expenses, of which $7 million was a non-cash charge.

Now what: Sequenom, a genomic sciences company, said capital reserves would be enough to fund operations through mid-2011, but I'm wondering how long it can make it after that. Wide losses are predicted through 2011,  forcing me to stay away from this speculative company. I'll sit out until I see a solid profit and a quarter when the company doesn't miss expectations.

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