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Analysts play down Aetna’s 2015 outlook
Modern Healthcare

Aetna’s projected profit next year is below Wall Street’s expectations, but many are chalking up the estimate to the health insurer’s historically conservative outlook.

At its investor conference in New York City Thursday, Aetna predicted earnings per share would be “at least” $6.90 next year, down from the consensus estimate of $7.17. Aetna said revenue would likely top $62 billion. It also set a goal of $100 billion in revenue by 2020.

However, Aetna similarly entered 2014 with modest profit projections. And in each quarter so far this year, the insurer raised its earnings profile.