Moody’s changed its outlook on the life insurance industry to stable from negative. The rating agency tracked 19 U.S. life companies for its report, "Financial Flexibility of U.S. Life Insurers Improves as Debt and Equity Markets Recover: 1Q10 versus 1Q09."

Almost all of the 19 U.S. life companies tracked in this report posted positive operating earnings and net income during the first quarter of 2010. In all, the group's operating income increased $9 billion over first quarter 2009; its net income increased $11 billion.

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