AmerisourceBergen shares skyrocket on report of Walgreens takeover bid

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is making a bid to take over AmerisourceBergen Corp. , the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday, in a deal that could be worth around $20 billion. Shares of AmerisourceBergen shot up more than 20% after hours. The Journal said Walgreens has made a high-level outreach to the drug distributor, and that talks are in their early stages. Walgreens already owns about 26% of AmerisourceBergen. As of the end of regular trading Monday, AmerisourceBergen’s market cap stood at $19.65 billion. Walgreens’ market cap was about $67.8 billion.

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