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Waters Leads BCW Index Gains

Shares in Waters rose 6.3 percent for the week ended Tuesday, lifted by the release of its third-quarter results, which showed a 10-percent rise in revenue and a nearly doubling of its profit (see related article). The firm edged out Thermo Electron, which gained 6.2 percent for the trading period, as investors reacted warmly to strong third-quarter results reported by Thermo’s pending merger partner, Fisher Scientific (see related article).
 
The biggest decliner for the week was Bruker Biosciences, which dropped 3.2 percent. Overall, only four of the companies in the Index lost value for the week.
 
The Index closed Tuesday up 2.2 percent for the week. It beat the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which gained 1.5 percent, the Nasdaq, which was flat, and a .3-percent gain for the Nasdaq Biotech Index.

 
BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(October 24, 2006)
Last
Price
(October 17, 2006)
% change
Agilent
A
34.93
34.40
1.5
Applied Biosystems
ABI
33.51
33.51
0.0
Beckman
BEC
59.10
57.86
2.1
Bio-Rad
BIO
73.80
73.75
0.1
Bruker
BRKR
7.50
7.75
-3.2
Fisher Scientific
FSH
88.12
83.26
5.8
GE
GE
35.42
35.56
-0.4
Invitrogen
IVGN
65.20
65.25
-0.1
Millipore
MIL
63.39
62.32
1.7
Molecular Devices
MDCC
19.13
19.21
-0.4
PerkinElmer
PKI
19.86
19.82
0.2
Qiagen
QGEN
15.51
15.30
1.4
Sigma
SIAL
76.88
75.24
2.2
Stratagene
STGN
6.66
6.60
0.9
Thermo
TMO
44.25
41.67
6.2
Waters
WAT
48.55
45.68
6.3
BCW Index Average
43.24
42.32
2.2
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