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Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — WellPoint Inc., the second-biggest U.S. health insurer by market capitalization, raised forecasts for profit and membership of its medical plans as earnings beat estimates.

Third-quarter earnings per share excluding one-time items were $2.36, WellPoint said in a statement today, beating the $2.26 average of 22 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. On that basis the company raised its full-year earnings forecast to a range of $8.75 to $8.85 a share, from a previous prediction of more than $8.60.

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