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Health Care Sector Update for 04/15/2019: ASMB, APHA, CLVS, JNJ, PFE, MRK, ABT, AMGN

Top Health Care Stocks:

JNJ: +0.20%

PFE: +0.22%

ABT: Flat

MRK: Flat

AMGN: Flat

Leading health care stocks were flat to higher in Monday's pre-bell trading.

Stocks moving on news include:

(-) Assembly Biosciences (ASMB), which was plunging by more than 25% as it reported results from two phase 2a clinical trials of ABI-H0731, a novel antiviral in development for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Data from the studies showed that faster and deeper declines in HBV DNA and HBV RNA were possible when combined with nucleos(t)ide therapies, the company said.

(-) Aphria (APHA) was falling by more than 11% as the cannabis company posted a fiscal Q3 loss of $0.20 per share, compared to earnings of $0.08 per share in the same period a year ago. Analysts polled by Capital IQ expected a loss of $0.04 per share.

(-) Clovis Oncology (CLVS) was down more than 10% after saying it will discontinue its sponsored phase 2 clinical trial of rucaparib for recurrent, metastatic bladder cancer.

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