Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. reported fourth-quarter net income of $557 million, or $1.19 per share, compared with a loss of $806 million, or $2.71 per share, a year earlier. For the full year, the Connecticut company posted a loss of $887 million, compared with a $2.7 billion loss in 2008.

"The Hartford's fourth-quarter results represent a return to profitability," said Liam McGee, the company's chairman and chief executive. "Both life, and property and casualty businesses reported net income, and this is the third sequential quarter of improving core earnings."

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