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More on Aetna (AET) Q3: EPS benefits from heavy buybacks. Profit +1.8% to $499.2M. Earnings...

More on Aetna (AET) Q3: EPS benefits from heavy buybacks. Profit +1.8% to $499.2M. Earnings boosted by higher premiums, cost cuts and people continuing to avoid the doctor, with the percentage of premiums spent on medical care 80.7% vs 82.4% in Q2. Hits FY target for about 18.2M members, +149K from Q2. Ups FY operating EPS guidance to $5.10 from $5-$5.10 prior estimate and vs $5.08 consensus.

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