Health Care Sector Update for 12/28/2018: IMMU,APHA,HTGM

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Top Health Care Stocks

JNJ +0.31%

PFE +0.79%

ABT +0.57%

MRK +0.53%

AMGN +0.63%

Health care stocks were rising to finish a holiday-shortened week, including a 0.5% gain for the NYSE Health Care Index in recent trade. Shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 also were up about 0.2% as a group. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Biotechnology index was falling 0.2%.

Among health care stocks moving on news:

(-) Immunomedics ( IMMU ) has turned about 2% lower this afternoon, giving back a nearly 9% gain soon after Friday’s opening bell that followed it disclosing a letter agreement with BSP Pharmaceuticals SpA to negotiate a definitive agreement for the Italian drugmaker to supply commercial quantities of Immunomedics’ antibody-drug conjugate sacituzumab govitecan beginning in 2019 and continuing into 2020.

In other sector news:

(+) Aphria ( APHA ) was 13% higher Friday afternoon, staying within relatively close range of its 14% peak, after Green Growth Brands went public with a CND2.8 billion takeover bid for the marijuana company. Under terms of the proposed buyout, Green Growth would swap 1.5714 of its shares for each Aphria share, representing a 45.5% premium over Aphria’s closing price on Dec. 24.

(+) HTG Molecular Diagnostics ( HTGM ) climbed 9.5% in recent Friday trading, reversing a 7% opening decline, after the company late Thursday unveiled plans to raise up to $150 million through the sale of its stock.

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