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Shares in Harvard Bioscience Drop Nearly 9 Percent

Shares in Harvard Bioscience fell 8.8 percent for the five-day trading period ended Tuesday, leading all decliners in the BCW Index. Last week, Harvard Bio reported a fourth-quarter loss as investors and customers continue to wait for the sale of the firm's capital equipment business (see briefs). Bio-Rad's shares posted the biggest gain, rising 4 percent for the week.

Twelve of the 16 firms in the Index lost ground during the tracking period as the Index fell .5 percent. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined .1 percent, the Nasdaq declined .6 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index fell 2 percent, giving back some of its gains from the previous week's 3-percent increase.

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(March 7, 2006)
Last Price
(Feb. 28, 2006)
% change
Agilent
A
36.35
36.00
0.97
Applied Biosystems
ABI
27.70
28.27
-2.02
Beckman
BEC
53.12
53.95
-1.54
Bio-Rad
BIO
59.62
57.31
4.03
Bruker
BRKR
4.45
4.47
-0.45
Fisher Scientific
FSH
66.93
68.16
-1.80
GE
GE
33.15
32.87
0.85
Harvard Bio
HBIO
4.55
4.99
-8.82
Invitrogen
IVGN
71.34
70.93
0.58
Molecular Devices
MDCC
31.36
31.83
-1.48
PerkinElmer
PKI
23.20
23.79
-2.48
Qiagen
QGEN
14.86
14.91
-0.34
Sigma
SIAL
63.67
64.41
-1.15
Stratagene
STGN
9.84
10.47
-6.02
Thermo
TMO
34.88
34.62
0.75
Waters
WAT
41.77
42.73
-2.25
BCW Index Average
36.05
36.23
-0.50
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