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Insurer UnitedHealth’s 4Q profit jumps 20 percent
San Francisco Chronicle

UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s fourth-quarter net income jumped 20 percent and trumped Wall Street expectations, but the insurer left its 2012 earnings forecast unchanged as it saw signs of health care use starting to pick back up. The Minnetonka, Minn., company said Thursday it earned $1.26 billion, or $1.17 per share, in the three months that ended Dec. 31. That’s up from $1.04 billion, or 94 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.