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Sequenom Shares Continue Slide

Shares in Sequenom dropped 11.3 percent for the five-day trading period ended Tuesday. It marked the third week in a row the firm’s shares have declined, and followed last week’s 9.2 percent drop. There had been no recent news regarding the company — though it did report after Tuesday that it had received commitments from institutional investors to buy a total of 6,666,666 shares of Sequenom for $3 per share.
 
Cepheid led gainers with a 2.5 percent increase in a lackluster week for BCW Index companies. In the past week, Cepheid gained US Food and Drug Administration clearance for its MRSA molecular diagnostic assay and signed an alliance with Instrumentation Laboratory for a hemostasis assay (see related article).
 
Overall, the Index fell .3 percent for the week. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.4 percent, the Nasdaq gained .3 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index jumped 2.3 percent.

 
 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Closing Price
(April 24, 2007)
Starting Price
(
April 17, 2007)
% change
Affymetrix
AFFX
31.34
31.6
-0.82
Agilent
A
35.34
35.56
-0.62
Applied Biosystems
ABI
30.8
30.77
0.10
Beckman
BEC
62.06
62.73
-1.07
Becton Dickinson
BDX
78.11
78.61
-0.64
Bio-Rad
BIO
69.57
70.5
-1.32
Bruker
BRKR
11.15
11.18
-0.27
Caliper
CALP
5.72
5.76
-0.69
Cepheid
CPHD
12.1
11.8
2.54
Illumina
ILMN
32.77
32.22
1.71
Invitrogen
IVGN
66.81
66.7
0.16
Luminex
LMNX
14.21
14.14
0.50
MDS
MDZ
18.88
19.01
-0.68
Millipore
MIL
74.31
73.42
1.21
PerkinElmer
PKI
24.79
24.99
-0.80
Qiagen
QGEN
17.69
17.89
-1.12
Sequenom
SQNM
2.99
3.37
-11.28
Sigma-Aldrich
SIAL
41.51
41.66
-0.36
Stratagene
STGN
10.73
10.71
0.19
Thermo
TMO
49.88
49.52
0.73
Third Wave
TWTI
5.74
5.78
-0.69
Waters
WAT
58.96
60.08
-1.86
BCW Index Average  
34.34
34.45
-0.34
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