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Modest Gain to Begin 2006 for BCW Index

The BCW Index began the new year with an unremarkable gain of .45 percent for the trading week ended Jan. 3. The top gainers for the week were Harvard Bioscience, which closed up 6.5 percent on Tuesday, and Molecular Devices, which closed up 4.2 percent.

Molecular Devices was one of two companies in the Index to touch 52-week highs on Tuesday, as the firm's shares hit $29.49 during the day before settling at $28.76. PerkinElmer also hit a year-long high of $24.12 before closing at $23.99. Stratagene showed the sharpest decline, falling 4.1 percent during the tracking period.

In comparison to the Index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Biotech Index both rose .6 percent, and the broader Nasdaq market gained .8 percent.

For the full-year period running from Jan. 5, 2005 to Jan. 3, 2006, the Index gained 3 percent. During the year, Becton Dickinson was dropped from the Index following its sale of Clontech to Takara Bio, and Qiagen was added. Both of those actions occurred on July 5. On Sep. 13, Fisher Scientific was also added to the Index.

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(Jan 3, 2006)
Last Price
(Dec. 27, 2005)
% change
Agilent
A
33.5
33.98
-1.41
Applied Biosystems
ABI
26.88
26.4
1.82
Beckman
BEC
56.97
57.44
-0.82
Bio-Rad
BIO
65.45
65.19
0.40
Bruker
BRKR
4.94
4.79
3.13
Fisher Scientific
FSH
62.2
61.84
0.58
GE
GE
35.37
35.06
0.88
Harvard Bio
HBIO
4.73
4.44
6.53
Invitrogen
IVGN
66.34
66.19
0.23
Molecular Devices
MDCC
28.76
27.59
4.24
PerkinElmer
PKI
23.99
23.38
2.61
Qiagen
QGEN
12.04
11.67
3.17
Sigma
SIAL
63.51
63.78
-0.42
Stratagene
STGN
10.29
10.73
-4.10
Thermo
TMO
30.28
30.47
-0.62
Waters
WAT
38.1
37.9
0.53
BCW Index Average
35.21
35.05
0.45

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