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Qiagen, Waters Hit 52-Week Highs

Shares in Qiagen and Waters hit 52-week highs this week as their shares closed the 5-day trading period up 5.9 percent and 7.65 percent, respectively. Qiagen reached a year-long high of $16.55 on Tuesday before closing at $16.52, while Waters hit a high of $55.57 before closing Tuesday at $55.05.
 
Molecular Devices led all gainers in the BCW Index, closing up 9.74 percent for the tracking period. Sequenom led decliners with a drop of 13.24 percent for the week.
 
Overall, the Index gained 2 percent for the week. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.3 percent for the same period and closed at a record high of 12,582.59 on Tuesday. The Nasdaq gained 2.2 percent and the Nasdaq Biotech Index rose 3 percent for the week.
 
(Note: Last week’s issue of BioCommerce Week neglected to mention that Sigma-Aldrich’s stock price reflected a 2-for-1 stock split that occurred on Jan. 3. Sigma’s actual closing stock price on Dec. 29 was $77.72, but was listed at $38.86 in last week’s Index to adjust for the split.)

 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Closing Price (Jan. 16, 2007)
Starting Price Jan. (Jan. 9, 2007)
% change
Affymetrix
AFFX
25.41
24.48
3.80
Agilent
A
33.54
34.01
-1.38
Applied Biosystems
ABI
36.33
36.4
-0.19
Beckman
BEC
59.93
59.4
0.89
Becton Dickinson
BDX
72.54
71.23
1.84
Bio-Rad
BIO
83.34
82.48
1.04
Bruker
BRKR
7.46
7.63
-2.23
Caliper
CALP
5.66
5.76
-1.74
Cepheid
CPHD
8.48
7.85
8.03
Illumina
ILMN
38.78
39.49
-1.80
Invitrogen
IVGN
58.81
57.11
2.98
Luminex
LMNX
13.11
12.69
3.31
Millipore
MIL
66.67
66.35
0.48
Molecular Devices
MDCC
23.88
21.76
9.74
PerkinElmer
PKI
22.66
21.43
5.74
Qiagen
QGEN
16.52
15.6
5.90
Sequenom
SQNM
4.72
5.44
-13.24
Sigma-Aldrich
SIAL
38.53
37.84
1.82
Stratagene
STGN
7.18
7.54
-4.77
Thermo
TMO
48.04
46.2
3.98
Third Wave
TWTI
5.0
4.98
0.40
Waters
WAT
55.05
51.14
7.65
BCW Index Average
33.26
32.58
2.07