Citing improvements in its operating margins,
said it expects fourth-quarter earnings to top analyst estimates. The auto battery maker said it expects earnings per share of between $1.60 and $1.63, better than the
First Call/Thomson Financial
estimate of $1.57 a share for the quarter.
The company expects fiscal 2000 earnings to be in the range of $5.06 to $5.09 per share. The 17-analyst estimate from First Call was $5.02.