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Sector Update: Healthcare

Healthcare shares are mixed this pre-market. Pfizer Inc. ( PFE ) reported Q2 earnings of $0.56 per share, versus the Capital IQ consensus of $0.55. Revenues were $12.97 billion, versus the analyst estimate of $13.11 billion.

PFE reaffirms its FY13 guidance of $2.10 - $2.20 EPS versus the consensus of $2.16; revenues are anticipated to be $50.8 billion - $52.8 billion. The Street view for revenues of $51.9 billion.

The company also announced plans to move forward to internally separate its commercial operations into three business segments. PFE is up 0.07% at $29.56.

And Aetna ( AET ) reported Q2 earnings of $1.52 per share, ex one-time items, versus the Capital IQ consensus of $1.40. Revenues were $11.5 billion, versus the analyst estimate of $11.99 billion.

The company now expects FY13 EPS of $5.80 - $5.90, versus the Street view of $5.82. Shares are up 2.7% at $65.08, with a 52-week range of $35.48 - $66.00.

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