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Bruker Hits a 52-Week High Following Acquisition News

Bruker BioSciences’ stock reached a new 52-week high of $12.24 this week after the firm announced that it would acquire affiliated company Bruker BioSpin for $914 million (see related article, this issue). Bruker’s shares rose 38.2 percent for the five-day trading week ended Tuesday to lead all gainers in the BCW Index.
 
Third Wave Technologies led the eight stocks that declined for the week, falling 2.75 percent.
 

Overall, the Index gained 1.2 percent for the tracking period. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.2 percent for the same period, while the Nasdaq climbed 1.5 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index rose 2.5 percent.

 
 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(December 4, 2007)
Last
Price
(November 27, 2007)
% change
Affymetrix
AFFX
20.63 20.39 1.18
Agilent
A
37.48 36.83 1.76
Applied Biosystems
ABI
34.07 33.82 0.74
Beckman
BEC
69.58 69.35 0.33
Becton Dickinson
BDX
80.38 81.80 -1.74
Bio-Rad
BIO
97.55 99.95 -2.40
Bruker
BRKR
12.15 8.79 38.23
Caliper
CALP
5.63 5.31 6.03
Cepheid
CPHD
21.63 21.98 -1.59
Illumina
ILMN
56.66 52.18 8.59
Invitrogen
IVGN
96.37 94.65 1.82
Luminex
LMNX
15.56 15.27 1.90
MDS
MDZ
19.99 20.04 -0.25
Millipore
MIL
80.06 80.88 -1.01
PerkinElmer
PKI
26.43 26.87 -1.64
Qiagen
QGEN
21.68 20.50 5.76
Sequenom
SQNM
8.68 8.86 -2.03
Sigma-Aldrich
SIAL
52.75 51.57 2.29
Thermo
TMO
57.27 57.26 0.02
Third Wave
TWTI
7.78 8.00 -2.75
Waters
WAT
79.97 77.54 3.13
BCW Index Average 42.97 42.47
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The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.