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Technical Updates on Health Care Sector Stocks - AstraZeneca, Novartis, Salix Pharma, Inovio Pharma, and CTI BioPharma

LONDON, October 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Investor-Edge has initiated coverage on the following equities: AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE: AZN), Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS), Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLXP), Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INO), and CTI BioPharma Corporation (NASDAQ: CTIC). Free research on these five companies can be accessed at: The US markets on Friday, October 03, 2014, ended on a positive note as the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished at 17,009.69, up 1.24% and the NASDAQ Composite closed at 4,475.62, up 1.03%. The S&P 500 finished the session 1.12% higher at 1,967.90. During the trading session, all the ten sectors finished on a higher note. The S&P 500 Health Care Sector Index ended the day at 745.09, up 1.97%, with the index advancing 3.29% in the previous three months. Register for your complimentary reports on these five stocks at:

AstraZeneca PLC's stock edged 0.81% higher, to close the day at $69.84. The stock recorded a trading volume of 1.02 million shares, below its three months average volume of 2.24 million shares. The company's shares oscillated between $69.39 and $69.95 during the session. Over the last three trading sessions and over the past one month, AstraZeneca PLC's shares have fallen by 2.24% and 6.56%, respectively. However, the stock has gained 17.64% since the start of this year. The company's stock is trading above its 200-day moving average of $69.59, while the 200-day moving average is below AstraZeneca PLC stock's 50-day moving average of $72.42. Additionally, the stock has a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 37.84. Sign up and read the free notes on AZN at:

On Friday, shares in Novartis AG recorded a trading volume of 1.61 million shares, higher than its three months average volume of 1.23 million shares. The stock ended the day at $92.37, which was 0.72% below its previous day's closing of $93.04, and registered an intraday range of $91.90 and $92.65. Although Novartis AG's stock has fallen by 1.87% in the previous three trading sessions, it has advanced 1.03% in the last three months and 14.92% on YTD basis. The company's stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $90.60 and $86.30, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Novartis AG have an RSI of 47.23. The complimentary notes on NVS can be downloaded as in PDF format at:

Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.'s stock gained 1.18% to end Friday's session at $152.87. The stock recorded a trading volume of 6.01 million shares, much above its three months average volume of 1.66 million shares. The company's shares fluctuated between $152.24 and $162.00 during the session. Shares of the company traded at a PE ratio of 85.38. Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.'s shares have surged 69.97% since the beginning of 2014. However, the stock has fallen by 2.16% over the previous three trading sessions and 1.06% in the last one month. The company's stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.'s 50-day moving average of $149.08 is above its 200-day moving average of $118.70. Additionally, the stock has an RSI of 47.27. Register for free on Investor-Edge and access the latest research on SLXP at:

On Friday, shares in Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. fluctuated between $10.45 and $11.29 before ending the session 5.55% higher at $11.03. The stock reported a trading volume of 2.64 million shares, higher than its three months average volume of 1.38 million shares. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s shares have gained 11.98% in the previous three trading sessions, 3.86% in the last one month, and 3.57% in the past three months. The company's stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $10.31 and$10.68, respectively. Moreover, shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. have an RSI of 60.71. The complete research on INO is available for free at:

CTI BioPharma Corp.'s stock finished Friday's session 0.41% higher at $2.42. A total of 0.61 million shares were traded, which was below its three months average volume of 1.16 million shares. The stock vacillated between $2.39 and $2.44 during the session. Over the last one month and over the previous three months, CTI BioPharma Corp.'s shares have fallen by 1.63% and 19.33%, respectively. However, from the beginning of 2014, the stock has gained an upside of 26.70%. The company's shares are trading below their 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Moreover, the stock's 200-day moving average of $2.94 is greater than its 50-day moving average of $2.53. CTI BioPharma Corp.'s stock has an RSI of 43.23. Free in depth research on CTIC is available at:


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