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Earnings Watch

October 14, 1998

A summary of companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday, ranked by year-over-year growth, and companies due to report today, ranked by analysts' forecast change in earnings per share (EPS) from the year-ago quarter, compiled by First Call:

Reporting Tuesday

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Pct. above/ 1997 Ticker Consensus Actual below 3rd-qtr. Company symbol EPS EPS estimate EPS Eastman Kodak EK $1.20 $1.21 +1% $0.80 PepsiCo PEP 0.40 0.50 +25 0.35 Whirlpool WHR 1.02 1.02 0 0.76 Owens-Corning OWC 1.28 1.37 +7 1.05 BB&T BBK 0.44 0.46 +5 0.38 Assocs. First Cap. AFS 0.91 0.91 0 0.78 Auto. Data Proc. AUD 0.40 0.40 0 0.35 Suntrust Banks STI 0.90 0.91 +1 0.80 Synovus Finl. SNV 0.18 0.18 0 0.16 Johnson & John. JNJ 0.70 0.70 0 0.63 Pfizer PFE 0.57 0.51 -11 0.46 Weyerhaeuser WY 0.44 0.55 +25 0.53 Enron ENE 0.45 0.47 +4 0.46 Grainger GWW 0.60 0.57 -5 0.56 Goodyear GT 1.17 1.17 0 1.16 Intl. Paper IP 0.25 0.25 0 0.34 Eaton ETN 1.24 1.18 -5 1.77 Rowan RDC 0.33 0.38 +15 0.61 Merrill Lynch MER 0.45 0.28 -38 1.24 Phelps Dodge PD 0.44 0.35 -20 1.96 General Motors GM -0.99 -0.87 +12 1.34 Columbia Energy CG 0.09 0.13 +44 0.00 Boise Cascade BCC 0.12 0.27 +125 -0.23

Year- over-year Company % growth Eastman Kodak +51% PepsiCo +43 Whirlpool +34 Owens-Corning +30 BB&T +21 Assocs. First Cap. +17 Auto. Data Proc. +14 Suntrust Banks +14 Synovus Finl. +13 Johnson & John. +11 Pfizer +11 Weyerhaeuser +4 Enron +2 Grainger +2 Goodyear +1 Intl. Paper -26 Eaton -33 Rowan -38 Merrill Lynch -77 Phelps Dodge -82 General Motors NM* Columbia Energy NM* Boise Cascade NP**

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Reporting Today

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Ticker Consensus Year-ago Predicted Company symbol EPS estimate quarter pct. chg. Seagate SEG $0.17 $0.08 +113% N.Y. Times NYT 0.29 0.24 +21 Black & Decker BDK 0.68 0.60 +13 Best Foods BFO 0.56 0.50 +12 Ameritech AIT 0.58 0.52 +12 First Union FTU 0.96 0.87 +10 Ford F 0.79 0.73 +8 Mead MEA 0.44 0.51 -14 Compaq CPQ 0.06 0.36 -83

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* Not meaningful

** Negative to positive

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