Healthcare Stocks Lower Near Final Bell; Biolase Cutting Device Added to Robotic Surgery Tool

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MRK -0.12%

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Healthcare stocks are lower with the NYSE Healthcare Sector Index sliding 0.5% and shares of healthcare companies in the S&P 500 down 0.2% as a group.

In company news, Biolase is up slightly more than 2.1% at $1.95 a share and the company today announcing a partnership with Auris Surgical Robots to co-develop cataract-removal ophthalmologic devices.

The new products will use BIOL's patented WaterLase YSGG all-tissue atraumatic cutting device mounted on a unique robotic operating system manufactured by Auris.

In other sector news,

(+) NVGN, Seeking Alpha report describes the drug-maker as "the most exciting idea in biotech," predicting its share price will soon soar on a "major partnership announcement."

(-) ATRS, Giving back gains during yesterday's session that followed the FDA approving its Otrexup injection for adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis, children with Polyarticular Idiopathic Arthritis and adults with Psoriasis.



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