Earnings Outlook Weaker Than Expected For UnitedHealthLos Angeles Times: UnitedHealth's Earnings Outlook Is Below Expectations
UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurer, issued a weaker-than-expected 2013 profit outlook amid worries about economic growth and negotiations over federal spending. Ahead of its annual investor conference Tuesday, UnitedHealth said it expects earnings next year to be $5.25 to $5.50 a share. That's slightly below the average analyst estimate of $5.58 a share (Terhune, 11/27). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.