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Aetna lifts earnings outlook for 2011, 2012

Chicago Tribune/Reuters, December 15, 2011
Aetna Inc, the third largest U.S. health insurer, raised its estimate for 2011 and 2012 operating earnings per share and said it bought back 40 million shares through Dec 9 this year. Health insurers have benefited from low claims costs as Americans with coverage delay doctor visits and medical procedures while co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs are rising and the job market remains uncertain.