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MarketWatch MarketPulseOct 16, 2019
McKesson, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen stocks surge after WSJ report of $18 billion settlement talks
Shares of McKesson Corp. rallied 5.7% in midday trading Wednesday, enough to pace all of its larger-capitalization health care peers, after The Wall Street Journal reported that the drug distributor, and two others, were in talks to pay $18 billion to settle all litigation brought by state and local governments blaming the companies for fueling the opioid crisis. Of the other two drug distributors, shares of AmerisourceBergen Corp. climbed 4.7% and Cardinal Health Inc. hiked up 3.7%. Shares of Johnson & Johnson rose 2.4% after the WSJ report out late Tuesday, citing people familiar with the situation, said the company was also involved in the discussions to contribute additional money. The four companies' stocks topped the list of gainers in the SPDR Health Care Select Sector ETF , which inched up 0.1%, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.2%.

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