Holding company Loews (NYSE:L) posted fourth quarter earnings today of $466 million, or $1.12 per share, compared to $403 million, or $0.94 per share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue fell nearly 3%, to $3.72 billion. Results were better than analysts anticipated, as were earnings at CNA Financial (NYSE:CNA), in which Loews has a stake.
Also today, health insurer Humana (NYSE:HUM) posted a decline in fourth-quarter earnings. Net income fell to $107.3 million, or $0.63 per share, compared to $250.7 million, or $1.48 per share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue rose 9% to $8.35 billion. Humana raised its 2011 guidance to earnings in a range of $5.70 to $5.90 per share.
And, food services company Sysco (NYSE:SYY) posted fiscal second quarter earnings today that just missed analyst estimates. The company said net earnings totaled $258.2 million, or $0.44 per share, compared to $268.4 million, or $0.45 per share, in the same quarter last year. Sales rose nearly 6%, to $9.4 billion.
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