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Luminex Shares Soar on Strong Q4 Results

Shares in Luminex climbed nearly 25 percent for the week ended Tuesday after the company reported that its fourth-quarter revenues rose 23 percent (see related article). The firm also reported its first full year of profitability.
 
While Luminex led all gainers for the week, Thermo Fisher led decliners with a drop of 4.8 percent for the tracking period. The firm reported its first quarterly results since Thermo and Fisher merged late last year (see Briefs).
 
Overall, the BCW Index closed up .92 percent for the week. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped .1 percent, the Nasdaq fell .5 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index rose .7 percent.

 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Closing Price (Feb. 13, 2007)
Starting Price Jan. (Feb. 6, 200)
% change
Affymetrix
AFFX
27.21
25.97
4.77
Agilent
A
32.98
32
3.06
Applied Biosystems
ABI
32.82
33.1
-0.85
Beckman
BEC
65.85
64.94
1.40
Becton Dickinson
BDX
76.81
77.63
-1.06
Bio-Rad
BIO
87.59
86.57
1.18
Bruker
BRKR
7.99
7.72
3.50
Caliper
CALP
6.23
5.97
4.36
Cepheid
CPHD
8.4
8.22
2.19
Illumina
ILMN
37.19
35.57
4.55
Invitrogen
IVGN
60.36
60.85
-0.81
Luminex
LMNX
15.96
12.79
24.78
Millipore
MIL
74.34
74.98
-0.85
Molecular Devices
MDCC
35.28
35.19
0.26
PerkinElmer
PKI
24.25
24
1.04
Qiagen
QGEN
17.06
17.35
-1.67
Sequenom
SQNM
4.75
4.6
3.26
Sigma-Aldrich
SIAL
38.93
37.96
2.56
Stratagene
STGN
8.11
7.92
2.40
Thermo
TMO
46.92
49.3
-4.83
Third Wave
TWTI
5.54
5.08
9.06
Waters
WAT
56.67
56.53
0.25
BCW Index Average
35.06
34.74
0.92
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