The following is a round-up of news likely to affect stock prices today:
Aetna (AET) said Friday its fourth-quarter profit fell 15% to $165.9 million, or 38 cents per share, as it continued to struggle with pricing problems and rising medical costs that plagued it in previous quarters. Excluding one-time items, it earned 40 cents per share. Revenue rose 13% to $8.76 billion. Earnings were 2 pennies short of estimates, but revenue topped expectations.