January 29, 2014 / 11:25 AM / 3 years ago

WellPoint says quarterly profit fell, issues low 2014 outlook

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Jan 29 (Reuters) - WellPoint, the second-largest U.S. health insurer, on Wednesday reported a lower quarterly profit as it took a charge for the sale of its contact lens business, and it said 2014 earnings would also decline.

The company forecast earnings of at least $8 per share in 2014, representing a likely drop from the $8.52 it earned in 2013 before special items. Analysts on average were expecting 2014 earnings to fall to $8.39 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

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