HCA's final Q3 earnings in line with pre-announcement

HCA Holdings on Thursday reported its final third-quarter profits, turning in a profit of $360 million on revenues of $8.06 billion. Per diluted share, earnings were 78 cents. The numbers — check them out here — match the soft preliminary report HCA issued last month, but investors appear to like them. At the end of trading Thursday, HCA shares (Ticker: HCA) were up more than 5.6 percent to $30.01. They're still down about 11 percent over the past month, though.

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