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Molecular Devices, Agilent Lead Decline in BCW Index

Shares in Molecular Devices fell more than 12 percent this past week while Agilent Technologies fell more than 10 percent after the firm reported its fiscal second-quarter earnings. The two firms led an overall decline in the BCW Index of 3.1 percent for the week. Beckman Coulter was the only gainer of the 16 firms in the Index, rising a slim 1.1 percent.

Despite the decline, the Index outperformed the Nasdaq and the Nasdaq Biotech Index, which fell 4.7 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.9 percent for the week.

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(May 16, 2006)
Last Price
(AMay 9, 2006)
% change
Agilent
A
34.85
38.88
-10.4
Applied Biosystems
ABI
29.10
29.17
-0.2
Beckman
BEC
56.30
55.68
1.1
Bio-Rad
BIO
70.40
71.28
-1.2
Bruker
BRKR
5.34
5.58
-4.3
Fisher Scientific
FSH
73.82
76.80
-3.9
GE
GE
34.79
35.00
-0.6
Harvard Bio
HBIO
4.16
4.40
-5.5
Invitrogen
IVGN
66.16
66.43
-0.4
Molecular Devices
MDCC
29.08
33.09
-12.1
PerkinElmer
PKI
20.75
21.50
-3.5
Qiagen
QGEN
14.14
15.09
-6.3
Sigma
SIAL
68.65
69.79
-1.6
Stratagene
STGN
9.63
10.55
-8.7
Thermo
TMO
36.69
38.45
-4.6
Waters
WAT
43.69
44.82
-2.5
BCW Index Average
37.35
38.53
-3.1
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