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The BioCommerce Week Index: Jun 23, 2005

BioCommerce Week’s Index to the
Diversified Molecular Biology Tools Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(
June 21, 2005)
Last Price
(
June 14, 2005)
% Change
Agilent
A
24.68
24.7
-0.08
Applied Biosystems
ABI
20.83
20.98
-0.71
BD
BDX
52.7
55.93
-5.78
Beckman
BEC
66.36
68.4
-2.98
Bio-Rad
BIO
57.54
57.19
0.61
Bruker
BRKR
4.15
4.25
-2.35
GE
GE
36.15
36.44
-0.80
Harvard Bio
HBIO
3.27
3.36
-2.68
Invitrogen
IVGN
78.79
76.98
2.35
Molecular Devices
MDCC
21.25
18.94
12.20
PerkinElmer
PKI
19.37
19.45
-0.41
Sigma
SIAL
56.6
58.4
-3.08
Stratagene
STGN
8.64
8.67
-0.35
Thermo
TMO
26.67
26.76
-0.34
Waters
WAT
39.4
38.6
2.07
Index Average
34.43
34.60
-0.51

BCW Index Declines Slightly, But Molecular Devices Posts Strong Gains

The BioCommerce Week Index fell .5 percent for the five-day trading period ended Tuesday. Among the 15 components of the Index, Molecular Devices had by far the best week, with its shares climbing 12.2 percent to close the period at $21.25. Although the firm did not release any news, its shares rose sharply after a favorable article about the company and its potential stock growth was published Monday by Barron's Online.

On the flipside was Becton Dickinson, whose shares dipped 5.8 percent. BD also did not release any news, but the firm was mentioned in an article published on Friday by Reuters saying that medical device firms' sales could be hurt by a rising US dollar. JP Morgan analyst Michael Weinstein cited BD as a firm that had a high degree of foreign exchange exposure.

In comparison to the BCW Index's drop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose .5 percent, the Nasdaq climbed 1.1 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index posted a stellar gain of 4 percent for the tracking period.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.