Heatlthcare Stocks Inch Onto Positive Ground; BIOLASE Climbs After Canada OKs Its Dental Laser

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Healthcare stocks were nudging into positive territory shortly before the close this afternoon with the NYSE Healthcare Sector Index climbing less than 0.2% and shares of healthcare companies in the S&P 500 adding 0.1% as a group.

In company news, BIOLASE Inc. ( BIOL ) shares are up 15% in late trade at $2.99 a share, climbing as high as $3.55 after dental-laser manufacturer said it received a license from the Health Canada-Medical Device Bureau to sell its EPIC dental soft-tissue diode laser systems throughout Canada.

Chief Executive Federico Pignatelli noted Canada historically has represented one of the company's more robust markets for its high-tech laser products, adding he expects Canada will be a strong contributor to 2014 growth.

In other sector news,

(+) ELMD, Receives FDA market clearance for its next-generation SmartVest Airway Clearance System, a high-frequency chest wall oscillation device for people with cystic fibrosis and other breathing difficulties.

(-) MYGN, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirms reimbursement cuts for the company's genetic tests for breast-cancer vulnerability. JMP Securities and Mizuho both downgrade the stock; Piper Jaffray and Leerink Swann cut price targets.



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