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Bruker Shares Drop Again; Caliper, Third Wave Fall After Q1 Results

Shares in Bruker BioSciences dropped 7.2 percent for the five-day trading week ended Tuesday. It was the second week in a row that the firm’s shares fell sharply. Last week, Bruker’s shares declined 17.8 percent.
 
However, Bruker did not lead decliners in the BCW Index this week. Shares of Caliper Life Sciences dropped 9.9 percent following the release of its first-quarter results (see related article). Shares of Third Wave Technologies fell 6.2 percent after it posted a decline in revenue (see related article).
 
Invitrogen led gainers for the week with a 6.6 percent rise in its share price.
 
Overall, the Index was up 1.1 percent for the tracking period. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.3 percent, the Nasdaq gained 1.6 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index edged up .1 percent.

 
 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Closing Price
(May 8, 2007)
Starting Price
(
May 1, 2007)
% change
Affymetrix
AFFX
26.12
25.9
0.85
Agilent
A
37.34
35.99
3.75
Applied Biosystems
ABI
29.67
31.11
-4.63
Beckman
BEC
64.58
63.32
1.99
Becton Dickinson
BDX
79.28
79.63
-0.44
Bio-Rad
BIO
69.08
70.66
-2.24
Bruker
BRKR
8.51
9.17
-7.20
Caliper
CALP
4.93
5.47
-9.87
Cepheid
CPHD
11.79
11.34
3.97
Illumina
ILMN
33.32
32.69
1.93
Invitrogen
IVGN
69.86
65.87
6.06
Luminex
LMNX
13.72
13.75
-0.22
MDS
MDZ
19.25
19.25
0.00
Millipore
MIL
77.24
73.88
4.55
PerkinElmer
PKI
25.19
24.31
3.62
Qiagen
QGEN
17.44
17.68
-1.36
Sequenom
SQNM
3.55
3.56
-0.28
Sigma-Aldrich
SIAL
42.81
42.29
1.23
Stratagene
STGN
10.77
10.78
-0.09
Thermo
TMO
52.35
52.34
0.02
Third Wave
TWTI
4.99
5.32
-6.20
Waters
WAT
60.1
59.41
1.16
BCW Index Average  
34.63
34.26
1.08
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