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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
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