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Oct 29- Aetna Inc on Tuesday missed analysts' expectations for third-quarter profit and said 2014 would be challenging because of the uncertain costs of the health reform law and cuts in government funding for private Medicare plans. Aetna cut its exchange footprint in the summer, pulling out of Maryland, New York and New Jersey among other states.
*Apple shares volatile following results, outlook. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Tuesday, with the market's upward momentum continuing as the S&P 500 hit another record high and drug company Pfizer rallied on its results. Volatile movement by Apple Inc following its results also capped gains.
*Apple edges higher after results, revenue outlook. *Aetna earnings miss expectations, U.S. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Tuesday, suggesting the market's recent rally may have run out of steam as earnings fail to be another reason to buy with stocks near record highs.
U.S. stock index futures held their gains Tuesday, with the S&P 500 poised to hit a fresh high, despite a weaker-than-expected retail sales report and ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting.
*Apple shares rise after first-quarter revenue forecast. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, suggesting the market's recent rally may have run out of steam as earnings fail to spur optimism with stocks near record highs.
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*Apple shares edge higher after results, holiday outlook. *Apple Inc, the most valuable U.S. company by market cap, late Monday posted a decline in its fourth-quarter earnings and margins. However, the tech titan also forecast first-quarter revenue of $55 billion to $58 billion, outpacing Wall Street's forecast for about $55.65 billion.
Oct 29- U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected profit for the third quarter, held back by results in its private Medicare business. In its Medicare business, which provides healthcare to older people, this ratio rose to 87.8 percent from 82.5 percent.
Oct 29- Aetna Inc said on Tuesday that third-quarter net income rose but was held back by results in its private Medicare business, and the company missed analysts' expectations by 3 cents per share. Excluding the costs of integration and capital losses, the company reported operating earnings of $1.50 per share.
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*White House: signup can take place right up to March 31. WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The contractors for the government's troubled healthcare website sought to deflect blame on Wednesday as more Democrats voiced concerns about the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy.
For the first time, White House officials identified a key flaw crippling Obamacare enrollment on the HealthCare.gov website.
*CEO Swedish to attend White House meeting later Wednesday. Oct 23- Health insurer WellPoint Inc on Wednesday said it was not ready to provide profit forecasts for 2014, citing problems launching new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, sending shares lower.
Oct 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc on Thursday predicted a tough year in 2014 because of government funding cuts to its private Medicare business, dragging down its shares and those of its competitors.
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