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Does Anthem Want Cigna For $175/Share? Some Investors Are Buying Into The Rumor

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According to Dow Jones, Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM) has initiated a takeover bid for CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI) at $175 per share. That's a premium of about 17 percent -- Cigna shares are up a little over 13 percent on the report.

Cigna's insurance subsidiaries provide major medical, dental, disability, life, and accident protection to clients throughout the United States and select international markets. Most of the services themselves are provided by other groups. The company also offers Medicare and Medicaid products and services.

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Anthem, meanwhile, is the largest for-profit managed healthcare company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. One in nine Americans receive medical coverage from Anthem-affiliated plans.

Merger rumors have been abound in the healthcare industry of late.

Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM), another insurance provider, has been at the center of speculation, with Cigna and Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) serving as potential suitors according to the Wall Street Journal.

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