Humana Inc. appears to be on solid financial ground following its announced acquisition by Aetna Inc. The deal will include cash and Aetna stock valued at $37 billion.

Fitch Ratings of New York City has placed Humana's rating on Rating Watch Positive. The rating service also gives Humana's unsecured notes a BBB grade, and its insurance financial strength of A.

Fitch specifically mentioned benefits derived from Aetna's more-diverse market positon, and greater scale and size. After the transaction is completed, presumably in the second half of 2016, Fitch expects to upgrade Humana's senior notes to BBB+ and its insurance financial strength to A+.

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