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3 Humongous Healthcare Stocks This Week 4-11-14


This week's biggest health-care stocks

This week's biggest health-care stocks

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  • 1. 3 Humongous Health-Care Stocks This Week
  • 2. A lot of health-care stocks took a beating this week. Not all of them, though. Here are the three most humongous health-care stocks over the week ending April 11, 2014.
  • 3. Shares of the biopharmaceutical firm soared 22% this week. Agios Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AGIO) Source: Yahoo! Finance
  • 4. • Positive phase 1 preliminary data was announced for cancer drug AG-221. • Agios reported AG-221 was well tolerated but with two possible drug- related severe adverse events. • Clinical results were promising, with multiple complete remissions in patients with blood cancer. • Celgene (Nasdaq: CELG) stands as another winner, as AG-221 is part of a collaboration established between the big biotech and Agios in 2010. Why Agios shares took off
  • 5. Shares of the biotech climbed 18% higher for the week. Questcor Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: QCOR) Source: Yahoo! Finance
  • 6. • Specialty pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK) is acquiring Questcor. • Shareholders will receive $30 in cash and 0.897 Mallinckrodt shares for each Questcor share they own. • The deal represents a 27% premium over Questcor’s closing price before the announcement. Why Questcor shot up
  • 7. Shares of the clinical-stage biotech jumped nearly 18% this week. Bio-Path Holdings (Nasdaq: BPTH) Source: Yahoo! Finance
  • 8. • No big announcements this week from Bio-Path. • The biotech looks to be rebounding from a sell-off that started in late February. • Bio-Path’s Liposomal Grb-2 is in phase 1 clinical studies targeting several forms of leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. Why Bio-Path boomed
  • 9. • Questcor won’t shoot up significantly, since the price of the acquisition by Mallinckrodt is set. • Bio-Path Holdings could continue its rebound, but major new developments are still in the future. • Agios’ early-stage results for AG-221 show considerable promise . • The partnership with Celgene gives Agios a leg up in continued development of the blood cancer drug. • A possibility also exists that Celgene could use some of its $5.6 billion in cash and short-term investments to scoop up Agios down the road. Best pick to stay humongous?
  • 10. Find out which stock The Motley Fool’s chief investment officer selected as the top pick for 2014 in our free report!