Aetna's third-quarter earnings rise

Aetna announced its third-quarter financial results Thursday, reporting operating earnings of $688.6 million--a 6 percent per share increase from the same quarter last year. The company recorded a net income of $560.1 million, or $1.59 per share. Operating revenues were $15.0 billion for the quarter, up from $14.7 billion for the third quarter of 2014, which the company says is likely the result of higher premium yields and increased enrollment in its government business lines.

"As we finish out the year and look toward 2016 and beyond, we are well-positioned across a number of major growth opportunities, including Medicare and Medicaid," CEO Mark Bertolini said in an earnings statement. "We continue to work diligently on planning for the Humana integration, and we are excited about the value that the combination will create for consumers and shareholders." Earnings report (.pdf)