Healthcare Stocks Ending Near Session Lows; United Therapeutics Up 3% After Standpoint Touts Market-Leading Position

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Healthcare stocks were broadly lower Monday afternoon with the NYSE Healthcare Sector Index declining about 1.0% and shares of healthcare companies in the S&P 500 off 0.8% as a group.

In company news, shares of United Therapeutics Corp ( UTHR ) were propelled higher Monday after analysts at Standpoint Research raised their investment rating for the biotech company to Buy from Hold, citing its market-leading position with drugs intended to treat high blood pressure in the arteries between the heart and the lungs.

Standpoint also set a $118 a share price target for the stock, up from a prior range of $60 to $65 a share.

UTHR shares were ahead 3.3% at $93.96 each in late trade, earlier climbing to an intra-day high of $95.28 a share, up nearly 5%. The stock has a 52-week range of $59.02 to $116.65 a share.

In other sector news,

(+) QCOR, Jumps to new 52-week high after agreeing to $5.6 bln buyout by Mallinkrodt ( MNK ), with QCOR shareholders receiving $86.10 - consisting of $30 in cash and 0.897 MNK share - for each share they now own. MNK shares fell about 6% today.

(-) MNKD, FDA extends review period for the company's Afrezza inhaled insulin medication by three months to July 15 in order to complete a full review of MNKD data.



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