The BioCommerce Week Index gained 10.6 percent for the year 2006, adjusting for additions and deletions in the Index during the year. The Index beat the Nasdaq and Nasdaq Biotech Index, which gained 9.5 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively, for the year. However, the BCW Index could not keep pace with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which climbed 16.3 percent for the year as it hit historical highs in December.

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