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Bruker, Stratagene Shares Give Back Gains

Shares in Bruker BioSciences and Stratagene both declined more than 5 percent for the tracking period ended Tuesday, leading the way among the 10 companies in the BCW Index whose shares declined during the period. Stratagene's shares dropped 7.22 percent, far exceeding the 5.59-percent gain registered the week before, while shares in Bruker dropped 5.32 percent, giving back part of its 9.89-percent gain last week.

Molecular Devices led the six stocks that made gains during the week, closing up 2.69 percent for the five-day trading period. Overall the Index declined .46 percent. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained .8 percent, the Nasdaq was virtually unchanged, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index fell 1.9 percent.

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(Mar. 21, 2006)
Last Price
(Mar. 14, 2006)
% change
Agilent
A
37.12
36.84
0.76
Applied Biosystems
ABI
27.13
27.79
-2.37
Beckman
BEC
53.91
52.9
1.91
Bio-Rad
BIO
57.25
59.08
-3.10
Bruker
BRKR
4.63
4.89
-5.32
Fisher Scientific
FSH
68.55
70.2
-2.35
GE
GE
34.34
33.78
1.66
Harvard Bio
HBIO
4.27
4.48
-4.69
Invitrogen
IVGN
71.29
70.87
0.59
Molecular Devices
MDCC
32.45
31.6
2.69
PerkinElmer
PKI
23.06
23.56
-2.12
Qiagen
QGEN
14.7
14.85
-1.01
Sigma
SIAL
64.11
64.19
-0.12
Stratagene
STGN
9.64
10.39
-7.22
Thermo
TMO
35.58
35.51
0.20
Waters
WAT
43.47
43.27
0.46
BCW Index Average
36.34
36.51
-0.46
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