NEW YORK (AP) — Health insurer Aetna Inc. on Wednesday raised its forecast for 2011 and 2012 earnings, citing strong results in October and November.

In the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Aetna raised its forecast of 2011 operating earnings to $5.15 per share. That’s up from a $5-per-share estimate in late October, and it’s better than the $5.02 per share prediction of analysts surveyed by FactSet.

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