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Insurer Aetna’s 3Q profit slips, outlook rises
San Francisco Chronicle

Aetna Inc.’s third-quarter net income slipped 1 percent on a charge for an early retirement program, but the performance trumped expectations and the health insurer raised its 2011 earnings forecast. The Hartford, Conn., company said Thursday that lower-than-expected use of health care continued to help its performance, along with disciplined pricing and medical cost management.