Healthcare Stocks Locking Down Gains Late; EDAP Surges After Receiving EU Marketing Approval

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Healthcare stocks have turned solidly higher in late trade with the NYSE Healthcare Sector Index rising about 0.4% and shares of healthcare companies in the S&P 500 adding around 0.8% as a group.

In company news, EDAP SA ( EDAP ) is up 7.8% at $2.89 a share after the French medical-device company said it has received the CE Mark from European regulators for its Focal.One robotic tool to treat prostate cancer.

The device combines the latest imaging tools - including MRI localization and contrast-enhanced ultrasound control - with the high-intensity focused ultrasound to target and then destroy tumors with preciously focused heat.

Marketing approvals for the United States are pending.

In other sector news,

(+) CBMX, Said prenatal testing has shown a "significant uptick" during the six months since data from two National Institutes of Health studies showing the value of chromosomal microarray analysis was published.

(-) GNMK, Reduces projected FY13 revenue by $5 mln from its previous guidance, now expecting around $30 mln in yearly revenue. Analysts, on average, have been looking for around $35 mln in revenue this year by the molecular diagnostics company.

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