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Third Wave's Shares Rise 6 Percent to Lead Index

Shares in Third Wave Technologies rose 6 percent to lead the 10 stocks in the BioCommerce Week Index that gained value during the five-day trading period ended Tuesday. Shares in Beckman Coulter, which dropped nearly 4 percent last week after the firm announced it would acquire Biosite for $1.55 billion, rebounded this week with a 4.4 percent gain.
 
Applied Biosystems and Luminex led decliners with a drop of 2.5 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively. Luminex held its annual investors meeting in New York last week, and an investment analyst cut his earnings forecast for the firm following the completion of its acquisition of Tm Bioscience (see related article).
 
Overall, the BCW Index rose 1.5 percent for the week. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained .9 percent, the Nasdaq was up .5 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index increased 2.6 percent for the tracking period.

 
 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Closing Price (April 4, 2007)
Starting Price
(
March 27, 2007)
% change
Affymetrix
AFFX
30.42
29.59
2.81
Agilent
A
34.55
33.63
2.74
Applied Biosystems
ABI
29.34
30.08
-2.46
Beckman
BEC
65.76
63.00
4.38
Becton Dickinson
BDX
78.89
75.33
4.73
Bio-Rad
BIO
69.99
70.35
-0.51
Bruker
BRKR
10.57
10.73
-1.49
Caliper
CALP
5.69
5.61
1.43
Cepheid
CPHD
11.47
11.3
1.50
Illumina
ILMN
29.5
29.28
0.75
Invitrogen
IVGN
63.99
63.73
0.41
Luminex
LMNX
13.9
14.22
-2.25
MDS
MDZ
18.77
18.87
-0.53
Millipore
MIL
72.61
72.28
0.46
PerkinElmer
PKI
24.44
24.08
1.50
Qiagen
QGEN
17.66
16.98
4.00
Sequenom
SQNM
3.8
3.69
2.98
Sigma-Aldrich
SIAL
42.11
41.76
0.84
Stratagene
STGN
8.31
8.41
-1.19
Thermo
TMO
46.72
46.16
1.21
Third Wave
TWTI
5.3
5.00
6.00
Waters
WAT
59.52
58.25
2.18
BCW Index Average  
33.79
33.29
1.50