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Stratagene Drops to 52-Week Low; Agilent Up Sharply

Shares in Stratagene dropped to a 52-week low of $5.40 late last week, a few days after the firm posted a second-quarter loss. Despite the announcement earlier this week of a collaboration with Merck unit Rosetta Inpharmatics (see related article), Stratagene’s shares regained little ground, closing Tuesday at $5.49, down 19.7 percent for the tracking period.
 
Meanwhile, shares in Agilent climbed 14.9 percent for the week, during which it reported a 17-percent rise in revenues and 118-percent gain in profits for its third quarter.
 
Overall, the BCW Index rose 2.7 percent, beating the Nasdaq, which closed up 2.6 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index, which gained .4 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up .5 percent for the week.

 

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(Aug 15, 2006)
Last Price
(Aug 8, 2006)
% change
Agilent
A
31.12
27.08
14.9
Applied Biosystems
ABI
31.60
31.55
0.2
Beckman
BEC
52.91
51.70
2.3
Bio-Rad
BIO
68.80
67.46
2.0
Bruker
BRKR
6.38
6.50
-1.8
Fisher Scientific
FSH
78.61
75.58
4.0
GE
GE
33.20
32.34
2.7
Invitrogen
IVGN
59.81
57.94
3.2
Millipore
MIL
62.78
63.15
-0.6
Molecular Devices
MDCC
23.99
23.04
4.1
PerkinElmer
PKI
19.16
18.28
4.8
Qiagen
QGEN
14.64
14.70
-0.4
Sigma
SIAL
72.64
70.70
2.7
Stratagene
STGN
5.49
6.84
-19.7
Thermo
TMO
39.23
37.49
4.6
Waters
WAT
41.60
40.62
2.4
BCW Index Average
40.12
39.06
2.7
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