Aetna Nears Deal to Buy Humana at $230 a Share: Sources

Two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday that U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc in a cash and stock deal. One source said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and could be announced as early as Friday. Earlier, Bloomberg reported the expected deal was valued at about $34 billion, citing unnamed sources. The $230 per share offer is at a premium of nearly 23 percent to Humana's close on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.