Sector Update: Healthcare Stocks Rally on M&A Speculation; Kite Pharma Soars in Market Debut

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Healthcare stocks were higher with the NYSE Healthcare Sector Index adding about 0.5% and shares of healthcare companies in the S&P 500 climbing 0.8% as a group.

In company news, Kite Pharma ( KITE ) had a hot debut on its first day of trading, closing in on a 75% gain in its market debut.

The strong advance follows the specialty drug-maker pricing an upsized initial public offering of 7.5 million shares at a price to the public of $17.00 per share. The deal priced $1 over its expected price range, also selling an extra 1.5 mln shares above initial plans

KITE was up 75.6% at $29.85 a share in late trade, reaching a first day high of $30 a share.

In other sector news,

(+) SHPG, Rejects three buyout offers from rival drugmaker AbbVie ( ABBV ), one as high as $46 bln in cash and stock. ABBV is now considering a fourth offer, two people with knowledge of matter tell Bloomberg. ABBV also is higher.

(-) MACK, Regains global development and commercialization rights to its MM-121 prospective cancer treatment from Sanofi ( SNY ), which agreed to continue funding Phase II testing for the next six months.



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Referenced Stocks: KITE , ABBV , SNY

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