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Icahn ends Cigna-Express Scripts campaign, shares bounce

August 14, 2018
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo, activist investor Carl Icahn speaks at the World Business Forum in New York. Shares of Express Scripts rose in early trading Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, after Icahn ended his short-lived fight to scuttle Cigna’s takeover of the pharmacy benefit manager. Icahn said late Monday that he will no longer try to convince other shareholders to vote against the roughly $52-billion deal later this month. He noted that two prominent shareholder advisory firms support it and that there is significant stockholder overlap between the companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo, activist investor Carl Icahn speaks at the World Business Forum in New York. Shares of Express Scripts rose in early trading Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, after Icahn ended his short-lived fight to scuttle Cigna’s takeover of the pharmacy benefit manager. Icahn said late Monday that he will no longer try to convince other shareholders to vote against the roughly $52-billion deal later this month. He noted that two prominent shareholder advisory firms support it and that there is significant stockholder overlap between the companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Shares of Express Scripts are moving higher before the opening bell after activist investor Carl Icahn ended a short-lived fight to scuttle Cigna’s takeover of the pharmacy benefit manager.

Icahn said late Monday that he’ll end his campaign to convince Cigna shareholders to vote against the roughly $52-billion deal this month. He noted that two prominent shareholder advisory firms support it and that there is significant stockholder overlap between the companies.

Icahn argued in a lengthy letter to fellow shareholders last week that Cigna was “dramatically overpaying” for Express Scripts. He says he holds stakes in each company.

Institutional Shareholder Services, as well as Glass Lewis & Co., came out in support of the deal.

Express Script shares climbed nearly 2 percent to $85.50 before markets opened Tuesday.

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