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Aetna (NYSE:AET) is expected to report Q4 earnings before the market open on Wednesday February 1 with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET.

Guidance

Analysts are looking for EPS of 98c on revenue of $8.49B. The consensus range is 87c-$1.20 for EPS, and $8.31B-$8.73B for revenue, according to First Call. Negatives for the quarter may be seen coming from margin erosion and increasing medical cost ratios. Positives for Aetna may be seen coming from the company's scale, diversity and cost control initiatives. On January 10, Aetna backed its FY11 EPS view of $5.15 per share and said it sees positive momentum continuing into FY12.

Source: Earnings Preview: Aetna