Sector Update: Healthcare

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Healthcare stocks are moderately higher with the NYSE Healthcare Sector Index rising about 0.2% and shares of healthcare companies in the S&P 500 adding around 0.5% as a group.

In company news, Exact Sciences Corp ( EXAS ) is up nearly 2% to $12.83 a share, just 2 cents off its session high and the molecular diagnostics company today pricing an offering of 5.5 mln shares of its common stock at $12.35 apiece. Underwriters also received 30-day options to purchase up to 825,000 shares to cover possible overallotments.

Net proceeds from the offering, excluding the underwriter overallotments, are projected to be around $63.7 mln with the company expects to spend as working capital and on general corporate purposes, including for product development and efforts to secure U.S. marketing approval for its stool-based DNA colorectal cancer screening product.

In other sector news,

(+) CBMX, (+19.3%) 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, (-7.6%) 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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