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The BioCommerce Week Index: Apr 14, 2005

BioCommerce Week’s Index to the
Diversified Molecular Biology Tools Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(April 12, 2005)
Last Price
(
April 5, 2005)
% Change
Agilent
A
21.36
21.36
0.00
Applied Biosystems
ABI
20.69
19.82
4.39
BD
BDX
58.51
58.09
0.72
Beckman
BEC
67.33
67.28
0.07
Bio-Rad
BIO
50.05
50.00
0.10
Bruker
BRKR
3.6
3.68
-2.17
GE
GE
36.09
35.5
1.66
Harvard Bio
HBIO
3.81
3.81
0.00
Invitrogen
IVGN
72.33
69.72
3.74
Molecular Devices
MDCC
19.88
19.01
4.58
PerkinElmer
PKI
20.4
20.32
0.39
Sigma
SIAL
60.55
61.00
-0.74
Stratagene
STGN
8.65
8.88
-2.59
Thermo
TMO
24.85
24.99
-0.56
Waters
WAT
36.16
35.7
1.29
Index Average 
33.62
33.28
1.02

Waters Shares End Four-Week Skid With 1.3 Percent Gain

After four weeks of consecutive losses, including a 23-percent loss last week, shares of Waters finished the five-day period ending Tuesday up 1.3 percent. This restored a fraction of the more than $1 billion in the company's market cap erased last week following the company's downward projection of its first-quarter financial results (see BCW 4/7/2005).

Shares in Molecular Devices, which launched two ADME screening kits, finished the week up 4.6 percent to lead the 15 companies whose shares are tracked in the weekly BCW index, while Applied Biosystems (see related article) was up 4.4 percent.

Stratagene, with a 2.6 percent loss, led four companies whose shares fell, closing at $8.7 after announcing the hire of a new senior vice president of marketing.

The index ended a four-week string of losses, finishing up 1 percent at $33.62 from last week's $33.28 close and outperforming the S&P 500, the Dow, and the Amex Pharma indices, which closed the period gaining a fraction of a percent, while the Nasdaq index was down a fraction. The Amex Biotech index finished the period up nearly 4 percent.

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The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.