The managed health care giant topped lowered Q3 earnings forecasts, but reported revenue below views. Humana (HUM) tried to position itself for higher revenue in '13 with 3 acquisitions, including the proposed $500 mil purchase of Metropolitan Health Networks. Humana's EPS slid 2% to $2.62, trouncing estimates by 57 cents on cost cuts. Sales rose 3.8% to $9.65 bil vs. views of $9.86 bil. Shares rose 0.4% to 75.52. Rival WellPoint (WLP) will announce Q3 earnings early Wed. WellPoint fell 0.5% to 60.85.
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