NEW YORK, February 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
The Biotech industry remains under intense pressure due to political and media focus on high drug prices, as well as the changing competitive scenario weighing on the sector. However, its fundamentals remain strong, with M&A, product approvals, and positive data flow to act as catalysts, according to a Zacks' report. This morning, Stock-Callers.com takes notice of four stocks to see how that have fared at the closing bell: Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT), Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS), Spark Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE), and Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX). These stocks research reports can be downloaded now by simply registering for free at:
On Tuesday, shares in New York headquartered Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. recorded a trading volume of 408,238 shares. The stock ended the session 3.74% higher at $109.75. The Company's shares have gained 0.44% in the last one month and 1.01% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 1.76% above its 50-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Intercept Pharma, which focuses on the development and commercialization of therapeutics to treat non-viral, progressive liver diseases, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 53.16.
On December 14th, 2016, Intercept Pharmaceuticals announced that the European Commission has granted conditional approval for Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA or as monotherapy in adults unable to tolerate UDCA.
On January 20th, 2017, research firm Needham downgraded the Company's stock rating from 'Buy' to 'Hold'. Your complete research report on ICPT can be retrieved for free at:
Summerville, South Carolina headquartered Aeterna Zentaris Inc.'s stock closed the day 21.15% higher at $3.15. A total volume of 3.06 million shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 279,030 shares. The Company's shares are trading 4.52% below their 50-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Aeterna Zentaris, which engages in developing and commercializing novel treatments in oncology, endocrinology, and women's health, have an RSI of 56.68.
On January 17th, 2017, research firm Maxim Group reiterated its 'Buy' rating on the Company's stock with an increase of the target price from $7 a share to $10 a share.
On January 30th, 2017, Aeterna Zentaris announced the occurrence of the 384th death in the pivotal Phase-3 ZoptEC (Zoptarelin Doxorubicin in Endometrial Cancer) study with Zoptrex™ (zoptarelin doxorubicin) in women with advanced, recurrent or metastatic endometrial cancer, representing the clinical endpoint of the study. The Company currently expects to lock the clinical database and to report top-line results in April 2017. A free report on AEZS is just a click away at:
Shares in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania headquartered Spark Therapeutics Inc. recorded a trading volume of 530,959 shares, which was above their three months average volume of 473,650 shares. The stock ended yesterday's trading session 7.85% higher at $63.06. The Company's shares have advanced 24.67% in the past month, 33.07% over the previous three months, and 26.37% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 14.65% and 19.40%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Spark Therapeutics, which focuses on the development of gene therapy products for patients suffering from debilitating genetic diseases, have an RSI of 63.23.
On January 09th, 2017, Spark announced new four-year data from a Phase-1 clinical trial and natural history study findings that enhance the understanding of investigational voretigene neparvovec, a one-time adeno-associated viral gene therapy for Inherited Retinal Disease caused by biallelic RPE65 mutations. The Company also announced that the US FDA has granted a request to amend the orphan drug designation for voretigene neparvovec to "the treatment of inherited retinal dystrophy due to biallelic RPE65 mutations". Sign up for your complimentary research report on ONCE at:
Leawood, Kansas headquartered Aratana Therapeutics Inc.'s stock finished Tuesday's session 5.55% higher at $7.99 with a total trading volume of 351,464 shares. The Company's shares have advanced 11.28%, both, in the last one month and since the start of this year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 4.63% and 4.05%, respectively. Additionally, shares of Aratana Therapeutics, which focuses on the licensing, development, and commercialization of biopharmaceutical products for the companion animals worldwide, have an RSI of 56.39.
On January 24th, 2017, Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Co., and Aratana announced a new targeted tool for the management of pain and inflammation associated with canine osteoarthritis. Galliprant®, a first-in-class piprant, is now available to veterinarians for once-daily use in dogs with OA. Galliprant can be used in patients as young as 9 months, weighing 8 pounds or more. Register for free on Stock-Callers.com and download the latest research report on PETX at:
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