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Sector Update: Health-Care Shares Steady Ahead of Opening Bell

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Top Health-care stocks:

JNJ: flat

PFE: +0.31%

ABT: flat

MRK: flat

AMGN: flat

Health-care shares were flat in pre-market trade Monday.

In health care stocks news, Regado BioSciences ( RGDO ) says it terminated enrollment in its REGULATE-PCI phase 3 trial for its lead program, Revolixys Kit, sending shares down more than 30% in pre-market trade.

The decision was made based on a recommendation from the trial's Data and Safety Monitoring Board following their analysis of the data from the first approximately 3250 patients enrolled in what was intended to be a 13,200-patient trial comparing the safety and efficacy of Revolixys Kit with bivalirudin, according to an SEC filing made by the company.

And, Biotechnology company InterMune ( ITMN ) shares soared more than 36% to $73.23, crashing through the top of the stock's 52-week regular session trading range of $10.95 - $55.24. Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said it would acquire ITMN in an $8.3 billion deal.

The stock has been downgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus to a hold rating from a buy. Price target information was not available.

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