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Millipore Rises, Illumina Falls After '07 Forecasts

Shares in Millipore rose 9.44 percent for the trading week ended Tuesday, after the firm reported strong fourth-quarter results and predicted 2007 revenue would grow between 24 percent and 26 percent and earnings per share would double (see related article).
 
On the other end of the spectrum, shares in Illumina dropped nearly 10 percent for the tracking period. Even though the firm reported fourth-quarter revenue growth of 163 percent, it forecasted 2007 EPS of $.86, which is significantly lower than the $1.13 previously expected by Wall Street analysts who cover the company (see related article).
 
Overall, the BCW Index gained 1.26 percent for the week. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.1 percent, the Nasdaq climbed .9 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index declined .3 percent.

 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Closing Price (Feb. 6, 2007)
Starting Price Jan. (Jan. 30, 2007)
% change
Affymetrix
AFFX
25.97
24.89
4.34
Agilent
A
32
32
0.00
Applied Biosystems
ABI
33.1
34.72
-4.67
Beckman
BEC
64.94
63.82
1.75
Becton Dickinson
BDX
77.63
76.85
1.01
Bio-Rad
BIO
86.57
85.15
1.67
Bruker
BRKR
7.72
7.33
5.32
Caliper
CALP
5.97
5.87
1.70
Cepheid
CPHD
8.22
8.43
-2.49
Illumina
ILMN
35.57
39.5
-9.95
Invitrogen
IVGN
60.85
61.01
-0.26
Luminex
LMNX
12.79
12.93
-1.08
Millipore
MIL
74.98
68.51
9.44
Molecular Devices
MDCC
35.19
35.17
0.06
PerkinElmer
PKI
24
23.48
2.21
Qiagen
QGEN
17.35
16.78
3.40
Sequenom
SQNM
4.6
4.51
2.00
Sigma-Aldrich
SIAL
37.96
37.93
0.08
Stratagene
STGN
7.92
7.33
8.05
Thermo
TMO
49.3
47.39
4.03
Third Wave
TWTI
5.08
5
1.60
Waters
WAT
56.53
56.1
0.77
BCW Index Average
34.74
34.30
1.26
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