Health Care Sector Update for 12/19/2018: SURF, AVGR, ZIOP, JNJ, PFE, ABT, MRK, AMGN

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Top Health Care Stocks:

JNJ: +0.06%

PFE: +1.1%

ABT: Flat

MRK: +1.0%

AMGN: Flat

Health care stocks were mixed in Wednesday’s pre-bell trading.

Early movers include:

(-) Surface Oncology ( SURF ), which was sinking by more than 19% after it significantly reduced the scope of its SRF231 program.

(+) Avinger ( AVGR ) was up over 6% after reporting positive results from its SCAN clinical study.

(+) Ziopharm Oncology ( ZIOP ) and TriArm Therapeutics said Wednesday they will launch Eden BioCell Ltd. to lead clinical development and commercialization of Sleeping Beauty-generated CAR-T therapies in the People’s Republic of China (including Macau and Hong Kong), Taiwan and Korea. Ziopharm was advancing by more than 2% after the news.

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