(Bloomberg) -- Aetna Inc., the third-largest U.S. health insurer, raised its profit forecast for the year and reported second-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates on an increased number of customers and cost savings from a merger.

Net income for the quarter rose 2 percent to $548.8 million, or $1.52 a share, from $536 million, or $1.49 a year earlier, the company said today in a statement. Earnings excluding one-time items totaled $1.69 a share, beating the average estimate from 20 analysts of $1.60.

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