Walgreens In recent months,Walgreens has announced several partnerships including with grocerKroger Co. and the medical-testing company Laboratory Corporationof America Holdings. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and insurer HumanaInc. are in early talks about taking equity stakes in each other,the Wall Street Journal reported.

Shares of the companies pared earlier losses after the reportlate Tuesday. Humana finished the day down 1 percent, after earlierfalling as much as 3.5 percent. Walgreens closed down 2.6, afterearlier losing as much as 4.4 percent.

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