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Earnings Watch

October 23, 1998

A sampling of companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday, 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 Thursday

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% above/ 1997 Ticker Consensus Actual below 3rd-qtr. Company symbol EPS EPS estimate EPS Coca-Cola Ent. CCE $0.16 $0.21 +31% $0.11 Maytag MYG 0.77 0.84 +9 0.50 W.R. Grace GRA 0.29 0.33 +14 0.20 Tyco Intl. TYC 0.55 0.57 +4 0.37 Lucent Tech. LU 0.39 0.41 +5 0.29 Frontier FRO 0.25 0.26 +4 0.19 Regions Finan. RGBK 0.57 0.57 0 0.43 Centex CTX 0.76 1.05 +38 0.80 Fort James FJ 0.67 0.68 +1 0.52 Marsh & McLennan MMC 0.67 0.69 +3 0.54 Omnicom Group OMC 0.31 0.32 +3 0.26 Air Products APD 0.52 0.59 +13 0.48 Adolph Coors ACCOB 0.54 0.56 +4 0.46 Textron TXT 0.64 0.65 +2 0.54 Quaker Oats OAT 0.90 0.95 +6 0.79 Crane CR 0.52 0.53 +2 0.45 Great Lakes Chem. GLK 0.56 0.56 0 0.48 U.S. Bancorp USB 0.51 0.50 -2 0.43 Avon Products AVP 0.30 0.30 0 0.26 Unum UNM 0.71 0.71 0 0.62 Coastal CGP 0.42 0.41 -2 0.36 Sara Lee SLE 0.50 0.50 0 0.44 American Intl. Gr. AIG 0.89 0.88 -1 0.79 Bemis BMS 0.55 0.52 -5 0.47 Kimberly-Clark KMB 0.62 0.63 +2 0.57 EG&G EGG 0.32 0.33 +3 0.30 Procter & Gamble PG 0.77 0.80 +4 0.73 Baxter Intl. BAX 0.61 0.61 0 0.56 R.R. Donnelley DNY 0.61 0.61 0 0.56 Owens-Illinois OI 0.68 0.69 +1 0.65 Alberto-Culver ACV 0.37 0.38 +3 0.36 Cooper Ind. CBE 0.81 0.81 0 0.79 Torchmark TMK 0.65 0.66 +2 0.66 Sears Roebuck S 0.75 0.76 +1 0.76 Minn. Mining & Mfg. MMM 0.98 0.97 -1 1.03 Schlumberger SLB 0.62 0.63 +2 0.68 Nucor NUE 0.61 0.74 +21 0.91 Dow Chemical DOW 1.31 1.40 +7 1.82 Dun & Bradstreet DNB 0.37 0.37 0 0.51 Snap-On SNA 0.38 0.38 0 0.58 RJR Nabisco RN 0.47 0.47 0 0.75 Cincinnati Finan. CINF 0.34 0.24 -29 0.39 USX-U.S. Steel X 0.47 0.63 +34 1.08 Reebok Intl. RBK 0.52 0.50 -4 0.94 CSX CSX 0.55 0.46 -16 0.95 Phillips Petroleum P 0.26 0.26 0 0.94 Atlantic Richfield ARC 0.18 0.19 +6 1.57 Union Pacific UPR -0.35 -0.07 NM* 0.27 Amerada Hess AHC -0.25 -0.07 NM* 0.13 Bankers Trust BT -3.70 -4.98 NM* 2.19 Boeing BA 0.27 0.32 +19 -0.67 Cinergy CIN 0.66 0.69 +5 -0.17

Year- over-year Company % growth Coca-Cola Ent. +91% Maytag +68 W.R. Grace +65 Tyco Intl. +54 Lucent Tech. +41 Frontier +37 Regions Finan. +33 Centex +31 Fort James +31 Marsh & McLennan +28 Omnicom Group +23 Air Products +23 Adolph Coors +22 Textron +20 Quaker Oats +20 Crane +18 Great Lakes Chem. +17 U.S. Bancorp +16 Avon Products +15 Unum +15 Coastal +14 Sara Lee +14 American Intl. Gr. +11 Bemis +11 Kimberly-Clark +11 EG&G +10 Procter & Gamble +10 Baxter Intl. +9 R.R. Donnelley +9 Owens-Illinois +6 Alberto-Culver +6 Cooper Ind. +3 Torchmark 0 Sears Roebuck 0 Minn. Mining & Mfg. -6 Schlumberger -7 Nucor -19 Dow Chemical -23 Dun & Bradstreet -27 Snap-On -34 RJR Nabisco -37 Cincinnati Finan. -38 USX-U.S. Steel -42 Reebok Intl. -47 CSX -52 Phillips Petroleum -72 Atlantic Richfield -88 Union Pacific NM* Amerada Hess NM* Bankers Trust NM* Boeing NM* Cinergy NM*

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Reporting Today

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Ticker Consensus Year-ago Predicted Company symbol EPS estimate quarter % chg. Shared Med. Sys. SMS $0.70 $0.56 +25% Knight Ridder KRI 0.55 0.46 +20 Engelhard EC 0.31 0.27 +15 Household Int. HI 0.63 0.57 +11 Fortune Brands FO 0.32 0.29 +10 Eastman Chemical EMN 1.11 1.11 0 Sigma-Aldrich SIAL 0.41 0.42 -2 Franklin Res. BEN 0.48 0.50 -4 PacifiCorp PPW 0.21 0.45 -53

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* NM = not meaningful. A loss in any period makes percentage change not calculable.

Note: Year-over-year growth and percentage changes are based on earnings-per-share figures and may differ from percentage changes based on total profit.

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