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U.S. DoJ will not challenge Aetna-CVS deal - report

July 12 (Reuters) - Shares of CVS Health Corp and health insurer Aetna Inc rose more than 2 percent on Thursday after CNBC reported that the U.S. Justice Department will not challenge their planned merger.

CNBC said https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/12/cvs-aetna-shares-rise-on-report-doj-wont-challenge-their-merger-deal.html Bloomberg reported the news, citing trade publication Reorg Research.

CVS Health Corp and Aetna announced the $69 billion deal on Dec. 3 last year, arguing it would enable the companies to tackle soaring healthcare spending by offering lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

Aetna and CVS declined to comment. (Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)