CVS says Aetna acquisition still expected in 2018

Logos of CVS and Aetna are displayed on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp CVS.N on Thursday said that a request for more information from U.S. antitrust regulators reviewing its proposed $69 billion acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc AET.N does not impact its expectation that the deal will close in the second half of 2018.

The companies said on Feb. 1 that they had been contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice for additional information. The companies have a shareholder meeting scheduled for March 20 to vote on the transaction.

Reporting by Caroline HumerEditing by Chizu Nomiyama