The BCW Index rose 5.31 percent for the first quarter of 2006, with shares of 11 of the 16 firms in the Index increasing during the period. For the period from Jan. 3 to Apr. 4, the Index outgained the Nasdaq, which rose 4.53 percent for the same period; the Nasdaq Biotech Index, which gained 3.69 percent; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which increased 3.29 percent.

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