Why Acorda Therapeutics Shares Jumped

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What: Shares of Acorda Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ACOR  ) , a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus on central nervous system disorders, jumped as much as 13% after the company reported positive phase 2 trial data for experimental drug Ampyra for the treatment of post-stroke deficits.

So what: In mid-stage trials, 83 patients who had previously had an ischemic stroke within six months of enrollment and had other chronic motor deficits (in this case, a deficit would be considered impaired walking ability or impaired dexterity) were given Ampyra or the placebo twice daily for 14 days. The results demonstrated that Ampyra improved walking ability for those who had suffered an ischemic stroke. The data also showed that Ampyra provided patients with a positive improvement in functional independence over the placebo. Ampyra was well tolerated by those who took it, with predominantly minor side effects.

Now what: Now this looks like even more reason why Acorda Therapeutics should be on big pharma's buy list! I've been saying for more than a year now that Acorda would make a fantastic takeover target for a pharmaceutical company looking to bolster its CNS-line of medications. Acorda is profitable, has nearly $6 in net cash per share, and has six ongoing clinical trials. What more do you need from a biotechnology company?

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