Jan 7 Aetna Inc, the nation's
third-largest health insurer, on Monday reaffirmed its profit
outlook for 2013 and said as of last week it had received 17 of
the 21 state approvals needed for its planned acquisition of
smaller rival Coventry Health Care Inc.
Aetna said it continues to expect full-year 2013 operating
earnings of at least $5.40 a share on a 9 percent increase in
revenue, reiterating the forecast it gave in mid-December.
Analysts on average are expecting Aetna to earn $5.52 per
share in 2013, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.