Aetna’s fourth-quarter profit fell 49 percent to $190.1 million.
profit shrank 45 percent, to Boeing profit dropped 30 percent, to $978 million, but it beat expectations. Chevron posted fourth-quarter profit of $7.25 billion, a record. Chrysler made $1.7 billion last year, thanks to gains for its much-improved cars and trucks. And it is expecting profits to reach $2.2 billion this year. ConocoPhillips profit fell 58 percent, to $1.43 billion. Exxon Mobil posted fourth-quarter profit of $9.95 billion, a five-year high. Its fullyear profit rose 9.3 percent to $44.88 billion, or $340 million shy of the U.S. profit record the company set in 2008 when it raked in $45.22 billion. Ford earned better-than-expected profits of $5.66 billion in 2012 as results in North America trumped losses in Europe. Hershey profit climbed 5.6 percent, to $150 million. JetBlue profit dropped 96 percent, to $1 million. LivingSocial, the D.C.-based purveyor of daily deals, recorded a net loss of $650 million for 2012. MasterCard’s fourth-quarter profit climbed 18 percent, to $605 million. Pfizer’s profit soared to $6.32 billion, compared with $1.44 billion a year ago. Royal Dutch Shell profit was up 15 percent, to $5.6 billion. UPS lost $1.75 billion in the fourth quarter, citing a pension-related charge. Yahoo said profit dropped 8 percent, to $272.3 million.