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Stratagene Shares Drop 23.3 Percent in One Week

Shares in Stratagene have fallen 23.3 percent over the past week, though the reason for the decline is unclear. The company's shares dropped 15.3 percent last Thursday alone — two days after it announced a settlement with Takara Bio related to PCR enzyme blends, and a day before molecular diagnostics partner Focus Diagnostics announced that it was being acquired by Quest Diagnostics (see Briefs).

Thirteen of the 16 companies in the BCW Index lost value during the tracking period. Thermo Electron led gainers for the week with a 1.2-percent rise in its shares. Overall, the Index declined 2.3 percent for the week ended Tuesday. In comparison, the Dow Jones fell 2.8 percent, the Nasdaq dropped 3.2 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index fell 4.5 percent.

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(May 23, 2006)
Last Price
(May 16, 2006)
% change
Agilent
A
34.49
34.85
-1.0
Applied Biosystems
ABI
28.50
29.10
-2.1
Beckman
BEC
55.09
56.30
-2.1
Bio-Rad
BIO
68.43
70.40
-2.8
Bruker
BRKR
5.09
5.34
-4.7
Fisher Scientific
FSH
74.18
73.82
0.5
GE
GE
34.01
34.79
-2.2
Harvard Bio
HBIO
4.12
4.16
-1.0
Invitrogen
IVGN
63.03
66.16
-4.7
Molecular Devices
MDCC
28.41
29.08
-2.3
PerkinElmer
PKI
20.54
20.75
-1.0
Qiagen
QGEN
13.45
14.14
-4.9
Sigma
SIAL
68.70
68.65
0.1
Stratagene
STGN
7.39
9.63
-23.3
Thermo
TMO
37.13
36.69
1.2
Waters
WAT
41.51
43.69
-5.0
BCW Index Average
36.50
37.35
-2.3
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