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Quarterly Dividends, Clinical Trial Results, Dental Exhibition Updates, and Upcoming Presentation Schedules - Research Report Quest Diagnostics, Avanir, Sirona, Ligand and Genomic Health

NEW YORK, December 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Analysts' Corner announced new research reports highlighting Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE: DGX), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AVNR), Sirona Dental Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRO), Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) and Genomic Health Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.

Quest Diagnostics Inc. Research Report

On December 6, 2013, Quest Diagnostics Inc. (Quest Diagnostics) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.30 per share. The Company informed that the dividend will be payable on January 22, 2014 to shareholders of record of Quest Diagnostics common stock on January 7, 2014. The Full Research Report on Quest Diagnostics Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Research Report

On December 10, 2013, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Avanir) announced results from PRIME, a phase II clinical trial of the investigational drug AVP-923, for the treatment of central neuropathic pain in patients with multiple sclerosis. According to the Company, PRIME did not meet the primary efficacy endpoint. In the study, patients treated with AVP-923 experienced levels of pain reduction commensurate with those observed in similar studies and the improvement in pain scores from baseline reached statistical significance; however, there was no difference between the treatment arms and placebo. Avanir stated that it plans to review the detailed data from the PRIME study in conjunction with previously generated data in diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain to determine next steps for the development of AVP-923 in neuropathic pain. The Full Research Report on Avanir Pharmaceuticals - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

Sirona Dental Systems Inc. Research Report

On December 1, 2013, Sirona Dental Systems Inc. (Sirona) issued a press release providing highlights from the 2013 ADF dental exhibition in Paris, where the Company once again presented its full range of equipment for dental practices and labs. According to Sirona, its new intraoral camera APOLLO DI and the presentation of the continuous digital process chain at the Company stand interested many attendees. "The key topic at the ADF 2013 was definitely digital impression taking: It is and will remain the basis for a fast, simple, efficient workflow between the dental practice and the lab.  With the new APOLLO DI impression-taking system, Sirona offers dentists a highly economical entry into digital impression taking," explained Lionel Phelipot, General Manager of Sirona France. "The inexpensive APOLLO DI features easy handling, precise acquisition and the tried-and-tested Sirona Connect workflow The impression-taking system consists of an acquisition unit, the APOLLO Connect software and the APOLLO DI intraoral camera, with which users can record live digital impressions of a clinical situation." The Full Research Report on Sirona Dental Systems Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Research Report

On December 9, 2013, Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Ligand) announced positive preclinical data on small-molecule G-CSF receptor agonist at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in New Orleans.  In preclinical studies, Ligand evaluated the ability of LGD-7455 to stimulate neutrophil (white blood cell) counts in cynomolgus monkeys and investigated the role that metal ions play in the activity of LGD-7455 on the G-CSF receptor (G-CSFR). Additionally, Ligand examined effects and mechanisms of LGD-7455 on tumor cell growth. "We are pleased to present this scientifically important work from one of Ligand's internal un-partnered programs," said Matthew W. Foehr, Chief Operating Officer of Ligand. "Ligand's R&D team continues to make scientific advancements like this first reported proof-of-concept for a small molecule G-CSF in a primate model. Further optimization of the LGD-7455 series may lead to a novel oral anticancer therapy that also serves as a supportive care agent to treat neutropenia in patients receiving bone-marrow suppressive treatments." The Full Research Report on Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

Genomic Health Inc. Research Report

On December 4, 2013, Genomic Health, Inc. (Genomic Health) announced that the Company will present results from multiple Oncotype DX® breast cancer test studies at the 36th Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, being held from December 10 to December 14, 2013 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Company informed that the presentations include results from a comparison of risk classification between the Oncotype DX breast cancer test and other genomic assays. The Full Research Report on Genomic Health Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:


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