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Health Care Sector Update for 01/25/2018: OCUL,KPTI,BIIB,SNN,XLNX


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Health care stocks easily outpaced other sectors today, maintaining their strong advance, including a nearly 0.9% gain for the NYSE Health Care Index in recent trade. Also today, shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 were up almost 0.8% as a group while the Nasdaq Biotechnology index was putting up a more than 0.6% advance today.

Among health care stocks moving on news:

- Ocular Therapeutix ( OCUL ) plunged over 17% on Thursday, dropping to a session low of $5.13 a share, after today announcing plans for a $32.5 million public offering of 6.5 mln common shares at $5 each, a 19.2% discount to Wednesday's closing price. The company also provided underwriters with 30-day options to buy up to 975,000 additional shares to cover potential overallotments.

In other sector news:

+ Karyopharm Therapeutics ( KPTI ) raced to an 8% gain and a session high of $11.30 a share at one point Thursday after announcing a $217 mln deal selling its KPT-350 prospective treatment for various neurological, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions to biotech conglomerate Biogen ( BIIB ). The transaction includes a one-time $10 mln upfront payment and Karyopharm is eligible for up to $207 mln in additional payments as KPT-350 reaches certain development and commercial milestones.

+ Smith & Nephew ( SNN ) rose over 4% on Thursday after analysts at JPMorgan raised their investment recommendation for the medical equipment manufacturer to Overweight from Neutral.

- Xilinx ( XLNX ) turned lower this afternoon, giving back a 4% advance earlier today that followed the company reporting an 8% increase in fiscal Q3 sales over year-ago levels to $631 mln, roughly in-line with the $630 mln analyst mean. It also earned $0.05 per share during the quarter, which includes around $183 mln in tax-related costs. Analysts, on average, were expecting a $0.63 per share profit.

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This article appears in: Investing , US Markets
Referenced Symbols: OCUL , KPTI , BIIB , SNN , XLNX


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