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Aetna’s 3Q profit climbs 2 pct, tops forecasts
San Francisco Chronicle

Aetna Inc.’s third-quarter earnings rose 2 percent and trumped expectations as revenue gains outweighed costs tied to paying off debt and the insurer’s purchase of Coventry Health Care. The Hartford, Conn., insurer said Thursday it earned $499.2 million, or $1.47 per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30. That’s up from $490.4 million, or $1.30 per share, in last year’s quarter.