Health Care Sector Update for 10/19/2018: AVXL, VLRX, CLVS, JNJ, PFE, ABT, MRK, AMGN

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Top Health Care Stocks:

JNJ: +0.16%

PFE: -0.11%

ABT: Flat

MRK: Flat

AMGN: Flat

Health care stocks were mixed in pre-market trading Friday.

Early movers include:

(+) Anavex Life Sciences ( AVXL ), which was up more than 21% after it said it received confirmation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its investigational new drug application is now open for ANAVEX 2-73 to treat Rett syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disease.

(+) Valeritas Holdings ( VLRX ) was gaining more than 14% after the company announced the launch of its V-Go wearable insulin delivery device in Italy through Valeritas' exclusive distribution agreement with Movi.

(+) Clovis Oncology ( CLVS ) was up nearly 9% as it reported encouraging data from its ongoing phase 2 trial of Rubraca that show a 44% confirmed objective response rate (ORR).

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This article appears in: Investing , US Markets
Referenced Symbols: AVXL , VLRX , CLVS , JNJ , PFE

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