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Cigna logo on building While he acknowledged he faced an uphill battle to block the deal, Icahn argued that Cigna investors should vote against it, based in part on the threat posed by Amazon.com Inc. to Express Scripts’s future. (Photo: AP)

Activist investor Carl Icahn has dropped his fight to block Cigna Corp.’s $54 billion acquisition of Express Scripts Holding Co. after two prominent shareholder advisory firms came out in support of the deal.

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