New York — Aetna Inc. backed its 2008 and 2009 profit outlooks Monday, saying it will provide investors with more information about its financial strength amid worries about the balance sheets and capital positions of health insurers.

Shares of the U.S. health insurer rose 7.2% after it affirmed its 2008 forecast of $3.90 to $3.95 a share, excluding items.

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