Luminex Corp.

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was one of Thursday's biggest gainers after swinging to a fourth-quarter profit, boosting shares by 30.6%. Luminex was adding $3.89 to $16.62.

Shares of



were up 12.9% after announcing an agreement with drugmaker


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to co-develop a new treatment for restless leg syndrome and neuropathic pain. XenoPort was rising $3.26 to $28.50.


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jumped 12.3% after the company raised its fiscal-year guidance thanks to a solid third quarter. Alkermes was gaining $1.84 to $16.84.



was rising 6.2% after posting a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, despite falling 72% from a year ago. Affymetrix, which manufactures chips used in genetic research and drug development, was up $1.64 to $28.31.

Myriad Genetics

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said late Wednesday it will sell 3 million shares under an existing shelf registration. It will grant the underwriter a 30-day option to buy an additional 450,000 shares. Myriad was losing $1.22, or 3.3%, to $35.89.


Arena Pharmaceuticals

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was jumping 6% to $14.24,

ImClone Systems


was adding 3.6% to $30.50, and

Nektar Therapeutics

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was gaining 2.8% at $12.64.


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was off 0.6% to $43.99, and


( SGP) eased 0.6% to $24.53.