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Aetna (AET) Stock Falls, Antitrust Officials Reportedly Prepare to Block Humana Deal

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Aetna (AET) are down 3.08% to $114.71 on heavy trading volume this afternoon as speculation rises that U.S. antitrust officials will block the company's proposed deal with Humana (HUM), Reuters reports.

Nearly 4.72 million shares of the company have traded hands so far today vs. the stock's average of 3.14 million shares per day.

The U.S. Department of Justice is also poised to stop Anthem's (ANTM) acquisition of Cigna (CI), saying that both deals would hurt consumers.

Aetna, a Hartford, CT-based benefits company agreed to purchase Humana, a Louisville, KY-based healthcare...