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Health Care Sector Update for 10/05/2015: ONCE,CTRV,SIEN

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JNJ +0.76%

PZE +1.21%

MRK -0.07%

ABT +2.21%

AMGN +1.02%

Health care stocks turned narrowly higher this afternoon, with the NYSE Health Care Index rising about 0.3% while shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 climbing 0.4% lower as a group.

In company news, Spark Therapeutics ( ONCE ) surged Monday after the biotech firm reported positive top-line results from Phase III testing of its SPK-RPE65 drug candidate, saying the prospective treatment of RPE65-mediated inherited retinal dystrophies met its primary and the first two secondary endpoints of the late-stage trial.

In addition to meeting its primary endpoint of improving functional vision in the intervention group compared with the control group, SPK-RPE65 also met secondary endpoints of full-field light sensitivity and a mobility test in the injected eye. Based on those results, Spark said it plans to file a Biologics License Application for the drug during 2016.

ONCE shares were up nearly 21% in late trade at $53.02 apiece, earlier racing to a session high of $74.93 a share.

In other sector news,

(+) CTRV, Presents new data claiming its CMX157 drug candidate is 60-times more effective treating the Hepatitis B virus than Gilead's ( GILD ) Viread HBV drug treatment.

(-) SIEN, Brazilian authorities temporarily suspend production of all of the company's medical devices during a compliance review of its manufacturing facility.

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