Aetna easily exceeds 2Q expectations

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a pedestrian walks past a sign for health insurer Aetna Inc., at the company headquarters in Hartford, Conn. Aetna Inc. reports financial results Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Aetna is posting strong profit numbers, easily beating second-quarter expectations on Wall Street.

The Hartford, Connecticut, health insurer on Thursday reported earnings of $1.21 billion, or $3.67 per share. Adjusted for non-recurring gains, profit was $3.43 per share, way above industry analyst projections for $3.07 per share, according to Zacks Investment Research.

Revenue was $15.56 billion, also topping expectations for $15.46 billion.

Shares of Aetna Inc. are up more than 3 percent this year.

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