1 Reason This Big Merger Won't Happen

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series in which consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith and industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Brendan and Austin discuss the likelihood of a merger between pharmacy titans CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS  ) and Walgreen (NYSE: WAG  ) . With the recent fallout between Walgreen and Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX  ) , the industry dynamics are shifting dramatically. Add in the backdrop of Express Scripts and Medco (NYSE: MHS  ) attempting to merge, and there is speculation that the big pharmacy boxes will also have to consolidate in order to maintain some leverage.

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