LifePoint Hospitals Inc.

Rural hospital operator LifePoint said the costs of an acquisition, lost admissions due to weather, and other factors cut its net income in half in the third quarter. Profit came to $19.2 million, or 39 cents, from $38.8 million, or 77 cents, a year ago. LifePoint also lowered its forecast for the year, expecting net income of $2.97 to $3.10, down from its previous estimate of $3.45 to $3.60.