Anthem is nearing an agreement to take over Cigna for $187 per share, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing sources. A deal could be announced as soon as Thursday, sources told the publication.
Cigna shares rose more than 6 percent in the after-hours session. The stock closed Wednesday at about $151.
Anthem has made multiple bids for Cigna this year as merger attempts have stirred across the health-care sector. The Journal has also reported on possible attempts by Aetna to take over Humana in recent months.
Cigna did not immediately respond to CNBC's request to comment.