|WellPoint has said it will spend $100 million this year to comply with the new healthcare legislation, according to a report by The Associated Press|
More competition could help overcome the suspicion over drug prices that plagues the would-be business partners' dealings.
A sharp decline in crude oil prices fails to hit the stock market's rise on Thursday thanks to gains in the consumer sector.
Stocks rise as a rally in shares of Best Buy and Sears overshadow a slump in crude oil prices.
Stock futures point to a higher open as markets shake off a slump in crude oil prices.