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McKesson will buy Rite Aid

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No. 14 on the Fortune 500 buys No. 113. The generic-drug industry has been quickly consolidating, and major distributor McKesson Corp. (MCK, Fortune 500) is pursuing new ventures. But while it went shopping in Europe, its American competitors called dibs on the top two U.S. pharmacy chains, striking purchasing deals with Walgreen (WAG, Fortune 500) and CVS (CVS, Fortune 500). The odd men out, Rite Aid (RAD, Fortune 500) and McKesson, could become bedfellows, analysts say: "If I'm Rite Aid, seeing two of my biggest competitors partnering up for better deals on generics, I might be motivated to try and keep up," says Tom Gallucci of FBR Capital Markets. McKesson has denied interest in a U.S. retailer, but "seems like the most logical partner," he says -- if not outright buyer.

Odds: 20%

- Last updated January 03 2014 12:30 PM ET
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