Health Care Sector Update for 07/21/2016: FMS,PFE,RLYP,SSH

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Health care stocks were narrowly mixed in late trade, with the NYSE Health Care Index declining about 0.3% while shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 still were rising 0.1% as a group.

In company news, American depository shares of Fresenius Medical Care ( FMS ) were lower late Thursday after reports that talks to acquire Pfizer's ( PFE ) pumps and devices business have stalled on valuation.

Bloomberg, citing unnamed people with knowledge of the matter, also said Pfizer has resumed talks with private equity firms in a bid to negotiate a better price for the pump business. The report also said Pfizer eventually may return to talks with Fresenius, or simply keep the assets, if it is unable to strike a deal with the buyout firms.

FMS ADS were down about 0.6% at $44.49 apiece, staying within close range of their session low of $44.35 a share. PFE shares also were slightly lower in late trade, slipping 0.3% to $36.58 each just before today's closing bell.

In other sector news,

(+) RLYP, Agrees to $1.53 bln buyout offer from Galenica, which will pay $32 for each RLYP share, a 59% premium over Wednesday's closing price.

(-) SSH, Launches $3.47 mln direct offering of 3,468 shares of Series B convertible preferred stock, which are convertible into 3.69 mln shares at 94 cents apiece. Also issues three-year warrants to buy up to 3.69 mln more shares, also at 94 cents per share.

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