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Big Health Insurers Top Quarterly Earnings Forecasts, Even Without More Customers

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The three largest commercial health insurers all beat Wall Street expectations for second-quarter earnings. Other big insurers like Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc. have yet to report results.

Here are the net income and health insurance enrollment totals for UnitedHealth Group Inc., WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc. and how they compare to the 2009 second quarter:

_ UnitedHealth: profit, $1.12 billion (up 31 percent); enrollment, 32.5 million (up 1 percent)

_ WellPoint: profit, $772.4 million (up 4 percent); enrollment, 33.5 million (down 2 percent)

_ Aetna: profit, $491 million (up 42 percent); enrollment, 18.6 million (down 2 percent)

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Source: Company filings

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