reported third-quarter operating income that beat Wall Street's estimates, as business growth in the employee health care, life and disability benefits segments drove revenue.
The insurance company reported operating income of $281 million, or $1.76 a share. Analysts expected the company to earn $1.68 a share in the period, according to
First Call/Thomson Financial
. The company had earnings from continuing operations of $1.47 a share for the year-ago quarter, excluding certain nonrecurring charges.
Consolidated revenue rose 7% to $5.03 billion from $4.69 billion last year.