UnitedHealth, Anthem shares up on possible Walmart-Humana merger

Humana wasn't the only insurer to see shares rise on news Walmart is in preliminary talks with Humana for a possible deal, CNBC reports.

In the first day of trading since the reports surfaced, Humana saw stocks climb 4.4 percent. Other insurance giants — UnitedHealth Group and Anthem — saw stocks rise 1.5 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. Managed Medicaid insurer Centene was down 0.58 percent. 

Walmart shares fell 3.8 percent after the news, CNBC reports.

Details of a potential Walmart-Humana deal remain vague. The two companies are discussing a variety of options, and it is not certain they will strike a deal. If they do reach an agreement, it would be Walmart's largest deal ever. Humana's current market value is about $37 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Ayla Ellison contributed to this article.

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