Top Health Care Stocks
Health care stocks have turned slightly higher in late trading, including a less than 0.1% rise for the NYSE Health Care Index in recent trade. Shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 also were up almost 0.2% as a group while the Nasdaq Biotechnology index was falling just over 0.1%.
Among health care stocks moving on news:
(+) National Vision Holdings ( EYE ) was almost 6% higher after the specialty retailer late Thursday said Jeff McAllister stepped down as chief operating officer but would continue to work with the optometry chain as a special advisor to the board of directors through December 2020. It also said there has been no material changes to its business performance since its Nov. 13 announcement it was expecting adjusted FY18 same store sales growth to match or exceed the top end of its previous forecast range.
In other sector news:
(+) Tilray ( TLRY ) was riding high on Friday, climbing almost 20% in recent trading, after the cannabis company said its controlling investor, Privateer, has "strongly" asserted that it has no plans to register, sell or distribute any of its 75 million Tilray shares when the company's post-IPO "lock-up" expires next week.
(+) Aphria ( APHA ) was nearly 5% higher this afternoon after posting fiscal Q2 net income of $0.22 per share during the three months ended Nov. 30, up from a $0.05 per share profit during the same period last year ago and smoking the Capital IQ consensus expecting a $0.04 per share net loss for the quarter. The Canadian cannabis company's shares were also climbing Friday amid renewed takeover speculation.
(-) Advaxis ( ADXS ) was down 14% in afternoon trade after the early-stage biotechnology company reported a FY18 net loss of $1.29 per share, improving on a $2.31 per share net loss during the previous fiscal year but still falling shy of the Capital IQ consensus call expecting a net loss last year of $1.01 per share, if comparable.