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April 24 (Bloomberg) — Aetna Inc., the third-largest carrier, reported profit that beat analyst estimates and raised its forecast as membership rose for the eighth consecutive quarter.

First-quarter earnings excluding one-time items were $1.98 a share, 43 cents above the average of 16 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Aetna raised its full-year earnings forecast to $6.35 to $6.55 a share, according to a company statement today. The insurer’s previous outlook was for at least $6.25.



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