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WebMD Health Corp (WBMD) stock surged nearly 20% midday Monday following news private equity firm KKR & Co (KKR) - Get KKR & Co. Inc. Report will purchase the online health publisher for about $2.8 billion, Reuters reported.

WebMD stock has traded nearly 19.4 million shares so far today versus the 30-day average of 528,258 shares per day.

KKR will pay $66.50 per share, which is a 20.5% premium to WebMD's Friday closing price. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

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