Top Health Care Stocks
Health care stocks still were deep underwater, including a nearly 0.9% decline for the NYSE Health Care Index in recent trade. Also today, shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 were down over 1.0% as a group while the Nasdaq Biotechnology index was losing nearly 0.8% today.
Among health care stocks moving on news:
+ China Biologic Products ( CBPO ) climbed almost 26% on Monday, topping out at $103.19 a share, after the Beijing-based biotechnology company said it received a preliminary, non-binding $3.65 billion buyout offer from a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based alternative investment manager CITIC Capital Holding Ltd. According to a Schedule 13D regulatory filing, CITIC disclosed acquiring a 5.1% active stake in China Biologic and offered to buy the remaining shares it doesn't already own for $110 apiece, an 30.4% premium to stock's most recent closing price prior to the June 11 offer. In a letter to the company describing its all-cash offer, CITIC cited its support for China Biologic's management team and its desire to "invest in and build the business for the long term," in addition to touting its "deep sector knowledge about the pharmaceutical industry in China."
In other sector news:
+ PTC Therapeutics ( PTCT ) advanced almost 30% on Monday after Saturday presenting updated interim clinical data from Part 1 of a study of its risdiplam (RG7916) drug candidate in babies with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy, saying more than 90% of the babies at Day 182 showed a greater than 4-point increase in a measurement of neurological activities compared to their baseline score. Video also showed antigravity movements, the ability to control their head, roll, or sit in babies participating in Firefish. Part 2 of the study is ongoing.
- Ziopharm Oncology, Inc. ( ZIOP ) slumped Monday, dropping over 18% in recent trading, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed on clinical hold on Phase I testing of the company's CD19-specific CAR-T therapies. Ziopharm said it will, together with its partners, address the FDA request for additional data, adding the trial launch may be delayed.
- Catalyst Biosciences ( CBIO ) lost more than half its former value on Monday, falling just over 59% to a session low of $10.34 a share, after saying it has stopped dosing patients in Phase I/II testing of its prospective hemophilia drug after a transient neutralizing antibody was found in the bloodstream of one patient and a neutralizing antibody was detected in a second trial participant. The discoveries followed Catalyst's South Korean collaborator, ISU Abxis, added a sixth cohort to the early- to mid-stage trial of the company's CB 2679d/ISU304 drug candidate with patients receiving a single intravenous dose and followed by nine daily subcutaneous doses. Prior to the new cohort, no CB 2679d neutralizing antibodies had been found in any of the treated patients. Catalyst said it was trying to determine the cause and potential impact of the antibodies prior to continuing with the daily dosing in Cohort 6.