Top Health Care Stocks
Health care stocks were sharply higher in late trade, with the NYSE Health Care Index rising nearly 1.2% while the shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 also were up more than 1.2% as a group. The Nasdaq Biotechnology index also was climbing nearly 0.7%.
Among health care stocks moving on news:
(+) Deciphera Pharmaceuticals (DCPH) rose more than 3% after the immuno-oncology company Tuesday presented interim results from phase I testing of its ripretinib drug candidate in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors, saying the investigational tyrosine kinase switch control inhibitor produced an overall response rate in 19% of the patients with a second line form of the disease and 14% and 7% response rates in third- and fourth-line patients. Patients also demonstrated median responses of between 76 to 80 weeks, the company said this afternoon at an industry conference in Boston.
In other sector news:
(+) Mirati Therapeutics (MRTX) climbed over 16% after the oncology company lae Monday said its MRTX849 drug candidate demonstrated early efficacy in patients with solid tumors expressing KRAS G12C mutations during phase I/II testing. Dose-expansion is now underway to determine the maximum tolerated dose, the company said, adding it was continuing to enroll new patients.
(+) NeoGenomics (NEO) jumped nearly 12% higher on Tuesday after the genetic testing company earned $0.07 per share during the three months ended Sept. 30, excluding one-time items, improving on a $0.05 per share adjusted profit during the year-ago period and beating the Capital IQ consensus by $0.01 per share. Revenue grew 51.5% over the same quarter last year to $104.7 million, also topping the $99.4 million Street view.
(-) MorphoSys (MOR) turned 1% higher this afternoon, reversing a prior decline that followed the biotechnology company and Galapagos (GLPG) saying they were ending phase II testing of their MOR106 drug candidate after interim analysis indicated the prospective treatment for atopic dermatitis was unlikely to meet the primary endpoint of the trial. The company said it was exploring a future strategy for MOR106.
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