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Insurer UnitedHealth’s 4Q profit rises 15 percent
San Francisco Chronicle

UnitedHealth Group’s fourth-quarter earnings jumped 15 percent and topped expectations, as the nation’s largest health insurer added millions of customers and booked a sizeable gain from a business that doesn’t sell insurance.

But the Minnetonka, Minn., company’s shares slipped more than 2 percent Thursday in premarket trading as analysts waited for more insight into potential funding cuts for a key element of its business.