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UnitedHealth hikes forecast, shares edge to new heights
San Luis Obispo Tribune

UnitedHealth hiked its 2015 forecast after soaring past Wall Street’s first-quarter expectations with a performance fueled in part by growth outside health insurance.

The nation’s largest health insurer said Thursday that earnings from its Optum pharmacy benefits management segment combined with strong growth in its core insurance business helped push net income up about 29 percent to $1.41 billion in the quarter.