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Health Care Sector Update for 10/01/2015: TEVA, XOMA, NVS, MDGN

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Health care stocks have reversed their losses during the final hour of Thursday trading, with the NYSE Health Care Index gaining 0.3% while shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 were adding 0.4% as a group.

In company news, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd ( TEVA ) rose Thursday after the generics drugmaker today announced the $2.3 billion purchase of Mexican rival Representaciones e Investigaciones Mdicas SA de CV, better known as Rimsa.

Teva said the Rimsa transaction cements its place in the Mexican market as well as creating a platform for growth elsewhere in the region. It sees the deal yielding "substantial" synergies although the acquisition is not expected to boost its non-GAAP earnings until the first three months of 2017.

TEVA shares were up almost 4% at $58.53 apiece, earlier reaching a session high of $58.77 a share.

In other sector news,

(+) XOMA, Signs licensing pact with Novartis ( NVS ) that could pump as much as $480 million into the biotech company in exchange for global rights to its anti-transforming growth factor-beta antibody program.

(-) MDGN, Prices $40 million public offering of 6.155 million shares at $6.50 apiece, a 16.9% discount to yesterday's closing price for the stock.

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