Shares of pharmacy benefits mangers Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. both rose higher than the broader market Tuesday morning, a day after the companies said they now expect their combination to close early in the second quarter.

THE SPARK: Express Scripts and Medco said Monday after markets closed that they expected their deal to be completed “by the earlier part of the second quarter,” which begins in April. The companies had previously said they expected their $29.1 billion combination to close in the first half of this year, a longer time frame that runs through June.

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