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BioCommerce Week s Index to the Diversified Molecular Biology Tools Companies: Feb 10, 2005

BioCommerce Week’s Index to the
Diversified Molecular Biology Tools Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price (Feb. 8, 2005)
Last Price
(
Feb. 1, 2005)
% Change
Agilent
A
23.75
22.52
5.46
Applied Biosystems
ABI
20.70
20.38
1.57
BD
BDX
59.40
57.60
3.13
Beckman
BEC
69.41
69.01
0.58
Bio-Rad
BIO
58.28
58.88
-1.02
Bruker
BRKR
4.03
3.64
10.71
GE
GE
36.43
36.28
0.41
Harvard Bio
HBIO
4.55
4.31
5.57
Invitrogen
IVGN
73.57
68.93
6.73
Molecular Devices
MDCC
19.00
19.20
-1.04
PerkinElmer
PKI
23.61
22.89
3.15
Sigma
SIAL
62.65
63.13
-0.76
Stratagene
STGN
6.70
6.67
0.45
Thermo
TMO
28.37
29.91
-5.15
Waters
WAT
51.11
49.71
2.82
Index Average
36.10
35.54
1.59

 

Bruker Climbs 11 Percent as BCW Index Hits New High

Shares of Bruker BioSciences rose 11 percent to lead nine of the 15 companies in the BioCommerce Week Index whose share prices rose in the five-day period ending Tuesday.

Following Bruker, which closed at $4.03, up from $3.64 last week, was Invitrogen, which announced a $386-million acquisition of Dynal Biotech of Norway (see page 1) and rose 7 percent during the week. Invitrogen, closing at $73.57 from $68.93 last week, was followed by Harvard Bioscience, at $4.55, and Agilent Technologies, at $23.75, both up 6 percent.

Becton Dickinson and PerkinElmer were up 3 percent on the week and Applied Biosystems improved 1.6 percent.

Sigma-Aldrich, which reported its fourth-quarter financials at the end of the day Tuesday, fell just under 1 percent for the five-day period, closing Tuesday at $62.65, while Thermo Electron dropped 5 percent, closing at $28.37.

GE was up a fraction for the week while Bio-Rad fell 1 percent; Beckman inched up just over a half percent

The BCW Index hit a new high for the second consecutive week and finished at $36.10, up 1.6 percent over last week’s $35.54.

Overall, the BCW Index matched the Dow and the Amex pharma indices, which finished the week up approximately 1.6 percent, but outperformed the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Index, which finished the five-day period up 1 percent and just over a half percent, respectively. The Amex biotechnology index dropped a quarter of a percent for the five-day period.

Following is a schedule of quarterly financial reporting dates for the BCW Index companies:

  • Agilent: Feb. 14
  • Bio-Rad: Feb. 17
  • Bruker BioScience: No date set
  • Harvard Bioscience: March 4
  • Invitrogen: Feb. 17
  • Stratagene: No date set

 

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