Health Care Sector Update for 02/06/2019: XNCR,MGNX,NVLN,AGLE

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Top Health Care Stocks

JNJ +0.02%

PFE +0.51%

ABT +0.38%

MRK +0.29%

AMGN +1.45%

Health care stocks have held on to their moderate gains, including a nearly 0.4% advance for the NYSE Health Care Index in late trade. Shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 also were up almost 0.4% as a group although the Nasdaq Biotechnology index was falling just over 0.1%.

Among health care stocks moving on news:

(+) Xencor ( XNCR ) rose 4% on Wednesday after announcing a $120 million upfront payment from Rouche's Genentech unit under a new research and licensing agreement to develop and commercialize Xencor's IL-15 cytokine therapies, including its experimental XmAb24306 cancer treatment.

In other sector news:

(+) MacroGenics ( MGNX ) more than doubled in price Wednesday, rising 127% in recent trading, after a combination of its margetuximab drug candidate and chemotherapy resulted in improved progressive-free survival in patients with certain types of breast cancer compared with a combination of Roche's trastuzumab cancer medication plus chemotherapy during phase III testing.

(+) Novelion Therapeutics ( NVLN ) raced 37% higher on Wednesday after the company's Aegerion Pharmaceuticals subsidiary signed an exclusive commercialization license in the Japanese market for its Juxtapid cholesterol medication to Recordati Rare Diseases, which will pay a $25 million upfront fee and up to $80 million in sales-based milestone payments.

(-) Aeglea BioTherapeutics ( AGLE ) dropped 19% after the specialty drugmaker priced a $60 million public offering of 3.75 million common shares at $8 apiece, marking a 14.9% discount to Tuesday's closing price for the company's stock.

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This article appears in: Investing , US Markets
Referenced Symbols: XNCR , MGNX , NVLN , AGLE

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