NEW YORK (AP) — MetLife Inc. expects to report higher operating earnings for 2011 that nevertheless would be short of analysts' expectations as the insurance industry dealt with numerous challenges during the year.

The nation's biggest life insurer said Monday that it anticipates 2011 operating earnings of $4.83 to $4.93 per share. That would be up from $4.43 per share in 2010.

Premiums, fees and other revenue are expected to rise 32 percent to $46.3 billion and $46.8 billion from $35.2 billion in 2010.

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