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Fisher Rises Nearly 15 Percent to Lead BCW Index

Shares in Fisher Scientific rose 14.7 percent during the five-day trading period ended Tuesday, leading all gainers in the BCW Index. Fisher posted strong third-quarter results this past week, with revenue up 12.7 percent and profit more than doubling (see related article). Only one company in the Index, Qiagen, posted a decline for the past week, trading down 2.48 percent.

Overall, the Index closed up 3.22 percent, outgaining the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which rose 1.4 percent, the Nasdaq, up .7 percent for the week, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index, which closed up .9 percent.

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(Nov. 15, 2005)
Last Price
(Nov. 8, 2005)
% change
Agilent
A
34.5
32.97
4.64
Applied Biosystems
ABI
26.38
25.23
4.56
Beckman
BEC
55.77
54.94
1.51
Bio-Rad
BIO
59.37
58.87
0.85
Bruker
BRKR
4.7
4.42
6.33
Fisher Scientific
FSH
65.5
57.1
14.71
GE
GE
34.4
33.76
1.90
Harvard Bio
HBIO
3.38
3.34
1.20
Invitrogen
IVGN
65.52
63.39
3.36
Molecular Devices
MDCC
25.93
25.75
0.70
PerkinElmer
PKI
22.02
21.84
0.82
Qiagen
QGEN
11.4
11.69
-2.48
Sigma
SIAL
64.69
64.61
0.12
Stratagene
STGN
10
9.95
0.50
Thermo
TMO
29.91
29.64
0.91
Waters
WAT
40.05
38.73
3.41
BCW Index Average
34.60
33.51
3.22

 

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