Aetna beats 3Q profit forecasts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Aetna Inc. (AET) on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $603.9 million.

On a per-share basis, the Hartford, Connecticut-based company said it had profit of $1.70. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $2.07 per share.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.02 per share.

The health insurer posted revenue of $15.75 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $15.76 billion.

Aetna expects full-year earnings in the range of $7.95 to $8.05 per share.

Aetna shares have increased nearly 3 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen nearly 5 per cent. The stock has risen 3 per cent in the last 12 months.


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