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Gilead Sciences is among the top gainers in the S&P 500 Health Care, on plans to buy Kite Pharma, currently developing immunotherapy treatment to compete with CAR T, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Following yesterday’s approval of CAR T treatment, Impax Labs, along with other companies developing gene-based treatments, such as Intellia, NantKwest and Atara Biotherapeutics are also leading outperformance.

Notable gainers, from Bloomberg:

  • IPXL +18%; Fosun Pharma buys ~5% Impax stake for $66.5m
  • GERN +7.8%; Still down ~17% since July 31 Imetelstat update
  • BLUE +7.7%; Gains for second day on technology pact with Novartis
  • NLNK +6.2%; “Encouraging” Incyte ESMO data positive for NewLink: SunTrust
  • BIIB +2.7%; Gains for fourth day after analysis on Alzheimer’s early-stage study
  • Nasdaq Biotech Index rose 1.8% to 3456.28, highest intraday since January 2016
  • Biotech resistance ~3446 at July 25 intraday high, next resistance 3554
  • 61.8% Fibonacci of 2015-2016 bear market; chart