Health Care Sector Update for 04/15/2019: FCSC,SOLY,CTLT,APHA

Top Health Care Stocks

JNJ +0.46%

PFE +0.77%

ABT -0.54%

MRK -0.88%

AMGN -0.30%

Health care stocks were adding to their mid-day rise, including a nearly 0.5% gain for the NYSE Health Care Index in recent trade. Shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 also were up more than 0.3% as a group although the Nasdaq Biotechnology index still was falling over 0.6%.

Among health care stocks moving on news:

(+) Fibrocell Science ( FCSC ) soared Monday, climbing almost 42%, after receiving a $7.5 million upfront payment as part of its collaboration agreement with Castle Creek Pharmaceuticals to develop and commercialize its FCX-007 lead gene therapy candidate. It will receive another $2.5 million after the first patient is enrolled in a phase III trial later this quarter and $30 million after the biologics license application for the prospective treatment of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is approved along with up to $75 million in sales-based milestone payments.

In other sector news:

(+) Catalent ( CTLT ) rose more than 13% after the contract drug manufacturer Monday said it was acquiring Paragon Bioservices, paying $1.2 billion in cash for the privately held genetic therapy firm.

(+) Soliton ( SOLY ) climbed 12% after Monday saying Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi of Capital Laser and Skin Care will present preliminary data from a proof of concept study evaluating the safety and efficacy of the company's acoustic pulse device in reducing cellulite. Data from the pre-clinical trial appears to show a single pulse treatment from Soliton's RAP device operating at a higher power level than normally used for tattoo removal may be a new method for removing cellulite, the company said.

(-) Aphria ( APHA ) fell 15% after the medical marijuana company reported a fiscal Q3 loss of $0.20 per share, reversing an $0.08 per share profit during the same quarter last year and missing the Capital IQ consensus expecting a $0.04 per share net loss. Other pot stocks also declined Monday.

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