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The BioCommerce Week Index: May 19, 2005

BioCommerce Week’s Index to the
Diversified Molecular Biology Tools Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(
May 17, 2005)
Last Price
(
May 10, 2005)
% Change
Agilent
A
22.48
21.86
2.84
Applied Biosystems
ABI
22.45
22.45
0.00
BD
BDX
58.96
59.17
-0.35
Beckman
BEC
68.1
66.38
2.59
Bio-Rad
BIO
51.92
52.58
-1.26
Bruker
BRKR
3.99
3.54
12.71
GE
GE
36.8
35.83
2.71
Harvard Bio
HBIO
2.9
3.4
-14.71
Invitrogen
IVGN
78.34
76.52
2.38
Molecular Devices
MDCC
18.29
18.81
-2.76
PerkinElmer
PKI
18.57
18.88
-1.64
Sigma
SIAL
59.37
59.54
-0.29
Stratagene
STGN
8.64
9.19
-5.98
Thermo
TMO
26.8
26.15
2.49
Waters
WAT
38.81
40.03
-3.05
Index Average
34.43
34.29
0.41

Bruker Shares Lead Winners Thanks to $1.1M in CEO's Insider Buys

Shares in Bruker climbed 12.71 percent during the five-day trading period ended Tuesday, making it the leading gainer for the BCW companies in a week in which the Index grew at an anemic .41 percent and losers outnumbered gainers.

Bruker's stock has been climbing since May 10 when CEO Frank Laukien launched a buying spree that cost him more than $1.1 million and earned him 277,430 shares.

According to Insidercow.com, which tracks insider trading at public companies, Laukien bought the stock at prices between $3.60 and $3.00 per share between May 10 and May 17.

Leading the losers last week was Harvard Bio, whose shares tanked 14.71 percent soon after the company released its annual 10-Q with the SEC. The company has lost more than one-third of its market cap since early March.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.