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Bruker Shares Rise Again on Upgrade

Shares in Bruker BioSciences rose more than 9 percent this past week following an upgrade by investment bank UBS on its stock from 'neutral' to 'buy.' The firm's shares gained 7.8 percent the previous week on news that it would acquire affiliated company Bruker Optics (see BioCommerce Week 4/19/2006). PerkinElmer and Stratagene led decliners for the tracking period, falling 3.72 percent and 3.21 percent, respectively.

For the five-day trading period ended Tuesday, the Index closed up .25 percent, beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which rose .1 percent; the Nasdaq, which declined 1.1 percent; and the Nasdaq Biotech Index, which fell 2.6 percent.

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(Apr. 25, 2006)
Last Price
(Apr. 18, 2006)
% change
Agilent
A
38.87
37.99
2.32
Applied Biosystems
ABI
27.12
27.59
-1.70
Beckman
BEC
49.73
50.73
-1.97
Bio-Rad
BIO
66.05
64.67
2.13
Bruker
BRKR
5.75
5.26
9.32
Fisher Scientific
FSH
70.16
70
0.23
GE
GE
33.97
33.87
0.30
Harvard Bio
HBIO
4.28
4.19
2.15
Invitrogen
IVGN
63.49
62.5
1.58
Molecular Devices
MDCC
32.95
33.48
-1.58
PerkinElmer
PKI
21.74
22.58
-3.72
Qiagen
QGEN
14.44
14.7
-1.77
Sigma
SIAL
67.37
67.86
-0.72
Stratagene
STGN
10.86
11.22
-3.21
Thermo
TMO
37.89
36.85
2.82
Waters
WAT
43.55
43.26
0.67
BCW Index Average
36.76
36.67
0.25
The Scan

Omicron's Emergence

The World Health Organization has called Omicron a SARS-CoV-2 "variant of concern," the Los Angeles Times writes.

Not as Much

Merck's pill to treat COVID-19 reduces the risk of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by less than previously reported, the New York Times says.

Bats That Hang Together

Discover magazine writes that researchers have found a social microbiome among vampire bats.

PLOS Papers on CEWAS, Simian Varicella Virus Transcriptome, Dermatomyositis Markers

In PLOS this week: multi-omic approach to home in on genetic risk variants, transcriptomic analysis of the simian varicella virus, and more.