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Cepheid Shares Hit 52-Week High

Shares of Cepheid hit a 52-week high of $20.29 on Tuesday before closing at $20.17. The stock led all gainers in the BCW Index for the three-week period ended Tuesday, up 19.4 percent (BioCommerce Week did not publish the past two weeks and the last Index ran on Aug. 15). Cepheid signed an anthrax test agreement with the US Postal Service in mid-August worth a potential $200 million to the firm (see Briefs).
 
Following the sharp rise in Cepheid’s stock, UBS analyst Derik DeBruin downgraded his rating on the stock from “buy” to “neutral” on Wednesday morning.
 
Shares of Sequenom and Third Wave Technologies also had double-digit gains for the tracking period.
 
Of the eight shares that lost value during the three-week trading period, Bruker BioSciences had the largest decline, dropping 6.6 percent to close at $7.04 on Tuesday.
 
Overall, the Index was up 2 percent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 3.2 percent, the Nasdaq rose 5.2 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index increased 4.4 percent.
 

 
 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Closing Price
(Sept. 4, 2007)
Starting Price
(Aug. 14, 2007)
% change
Affymetrix
AFFX
23.51
24.87
-5.47
Agilent
A
36.4
36.33
0.19
Applied Biosystems
ABI
32.23
33.06
-2.51
Beckman
BEC
72.02
70.84
1.67
Becton Dickinson
BDX
77.02
75.74
1.69
Bio-Rad
BIO
85.67
79.58
7.65
Bruker
BRKR
7.04
7.54
-6.63
Caliper
CALP
5.79
5.9
-1.86
Cepheid
CPHD
20.17
16.89
19.42
Illumina
ILMN
48.78
45.49
7.23
Invitrogen
IVGN
79.1
78.53
0.73
Luminex
LMNX
14.45
13.68
5.63
MDS
MDZ
19.87
18.74
6.03
Millipore
MIL
71.89
73.1
-1.66
PerkinElmer
PKI
27.48
27.53
-0.18
Qiagen
QGEN
17.12
17.19
-0.41
Sequenom
SQNM
5.07
4.47
13.42
Sigma-Aldrich
SIAL
44.9
45.83
-2.03
Thermo
TMO
54.54
52.9
3.10
Third Wave
TWTI
7.75
6.92
11.99
Waters
WAT
62.44
62.02
0.68
BCW Index Average  
38.73
37.96
2.02

 

 

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