Health Care Sector Update for 12/21/2018: PRGO, PTI, RCKT, JNJ, PFE, ABT, MRK, AMGN

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Top Health Care Stocks:

JNJ: +0.55%

PFE: Flat

ABT: +0.19%

MRK: +0.86%

AMGN: +0.52%

Pre-bell Friday saw mostly higher health care stocks.

Early movers include:

(-) Perrigo Company ( PRGO ), which was down more than 12% after it said it will file an appeal with the Irish Tax Appeals Commission after the Irish Revenue Commissioners sought a EUR1.64 billion ($1.9 billion) tax payment from the company resulting from the sale of a stake in multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri intellectual property and related assets to Biogen ( BIIB ) in 2013.

(-) Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc ( PTI ) was sinking by more than 24% after the biotechnology company said that it now expects to report complete efficacy and safety data on cystic fibrosis in the first quarter of 2019.

In other sector news:

(=) Rocket Pharmaceuticals ( RCKT ), a gene therapy company, has been selected for addition to the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, effective prior to market open on Dec. 24.

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