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Pre-Movers Stocks In Imitation: Merck & Co (NYSE:MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK), AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN)

Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) [Trend Analysis] knocking active thrust in leading trading session, shares a gain of 0.16% to 56.48 with around 7.49 Million shares have changed hands in this session. Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) released that Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use or CHMP of the European Medicines Agency or EMA has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of ZEPATIER (elbasvir and grazoprevir), an investigational, once-daily, fixed-dose combination tablet for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus or HCV in adult patients.

The CHMP positive opinion will be reviewed by the European Commission. If the European Commission affirms the CHMP opinion, it will grant a centralized marketing authorization with unified labeling that is valid in the 28 countries that are members of the European Union, as well as European Economic Area members, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Merck anticipates that the European Commission decision will be made in mid-2016. The stock is going forward its fifty-two week low with 26.86% and lagging behind from its 52-week high price with -5.35%.

Likewise the positive performance for the quarter recorded as 13.47% and for the year was -4.09%, while the YTD performance remained at 7.86%. MRK has Average True Range for 14 days of 0.77.

Shares of GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK) [Trend Analysis] swings enthusiastically in regular trading session, it a decrease of -0.79% to close at $42.75. GlaxoSmithKline: European Commission approves GSK’s Strimvelis (GSK). The firm announced that the European Commission has approved Strimvelis, the first ex-vivo stem cell gene therapy to treat patients with a very rare disease called ADA-SCID. Strimvelis is the first corrective gene therapy for children to be awarded regulatory approval anywhere in the world.

It is indicated for the treatment of patients with ADA-SCID for whom no suitable human leukocyte antigen matched related stem cell donor is available. The marketing authorization decision was based on data collected from 18 children treated with Strimvelis. A 100% survival rate at three years post-treatment with Strimvelis was observed for all children in the pivotal study (n=12) and every child receiving the treatment who contributed to the marketing authorization data package is alive (n=18), with a median follow-up duration of approximately seven years. , GSK has Dividend Yield of {dividend_yield} and experts calculate Return on Investment of 41.40%. The stock is going forward its fifty-two week low with 21.71% and lagging behind from its 52-week high price with -1.11%. GSK last month stock price volatility remained 1.02%.

AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) [Trend Analysis] retains strong position in active trade, as shares scoring -0.23% to $29.88 in a active trade session, while looking at the shares volume, around 4.88 Million shares have changed hands in this session. AstraZeneca confirmed positive CHMP opinion in EU recommending approval for saxa/dapa, indicated as a treatment for adults with type 2 diabetes (AZN). Saxa/dapa is a fixed-dose combination of saxagliptin and dapagliflozin being developed as a treatment for patients with type-2 diabetes in adults aged 18 years and older.

It is recommended to be indicated as a treatment to improve glycaemic control when metformin and/or sulphonylurea and one of the mono-components of saxa/dapa alone do not provide adequate glycaemic control, or when a patient is already being treated with the free combination of saxagliptin and dapagliflozin. The final decision by the EC is expected in the coming months, and will be applicable to all 28 EU member countries plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. The firm has institutional ownership of 10.90%, while insider ownership included 0.50%. AZN attains analyst recommendation of 2.50 with week’s performance of 4.15%. Investors looking further ahead will note that the Price to next year’s EPS is -2.94%.


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