Commonwealth Biotechnologies

Ticker: CBTE

Friday's close: $6.25

Week's change: 13%

Commonwealth Biotechnologies' stock surged after the firm received bio-defense-related contracts totaling nearly $1.7 million. The contracts call on the firm to produce certain viruses, assess the effectiveness of vaccines and analyze clinical trials. It will expand one of its facilities to make room for the new work.

SteelCloud

Ticker: SCLD

Friday's close: $2.72

Week's change: 6%

The Dulles-based company got a lift on Wall Street last week when it received a $12 million federal government contract. SteelCloud, which specializes in consulting and supplying network security, will deliver server appliances to the federal government over the next year. The contract's value could exceed $20 million if all the options are exercised.

LCC International

Ticker: LCCI

Friday's close: $3.80

Week's change: -18%

Shares of LCC International sank in a week when the company reported a $1.6 million (6 cents a share) loss for the first quarter. The loss was narrower than the company's $2.2 million loss (10 cents) during the first quarter of 2003, but LCC had expected to turn a profit. The company recorded $45 million in revenue for the first quarter of 2004.

BearingPoint

Ticker: BE

Friday's close: $8.55

Week's change: -12%

McLean-based BearingPoint lost ground as Moody's Investors Service warned of a possible downgrade in the company's long-term debt rating. Moody's cited a reduction in credit protection measures, a decline in profitability because of price pressure and a lagging European operation. BearingPoint is a business consulting and systems integration firm.