UAL Sees Brighter Earnings Skies

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First-quarter earnings for

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UAL

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look turbulence-free after the company said its report would surpass the top end of its earlier expectations of 80 cents to $1.20 a share. The company said it sees first-quarter earnings coming in between $1.25 to $1.40 a share. The 11-analyst estimate expects the company to report EPS of 98 cents a share. UAL reiterated its fiscal 2000 earnings forecast of between $7 to $9 a share and attributed its anticipated 6.25% to 7% total revenue growth to robust passenger demand and higher fares.

Bank One

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said that it has tapped former

Citigroup

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President Jamie Dimon as its new chairman and CEO. According to a press release, Dimon plans to buy a 2 million-share equity stake in Bank One, which has seen its stock price stumble due to its floundering credit card unit.

In other postclose news (earnings estimates from First Call/Thomson Financial; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified):

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Bausch & Lomb

(BOL)

said that it plans to recommend three officials to sit on

Wesley Jessen VisionCare's

(WJCO)

board. The nominations could ensure the acceptance of Bausch & Lomb's roughly $600 million offer for the company. Bausch & Lomb elected former

Chase Manhattan Bank

(CMB)

exec vice president William Balderston,

Global Crossing

North America CEO Joseph Clayton and

University of Rochester

economics professor Charles Plosser to Wesley Jessen's board. Wesley Jessen already has agreed to a $420 million deal with

Ocular Sciences

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.

Liberate Technologies

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entered into a $561 million stock agreement to buy closely held

MoreCom

. Liberate said it would issue shares to fund the deal, which is set to close in the second quarter of 2000.

North Fork Bancorp

(NFB)

said it would contemplate raising its $1.9 billion takeover for

Dime Bancorp

(DME)

if Dime is willing to negotiate. North Fork said it would seek permission from

Hudson United Bancorp

(HU)

to hold talks with Dime, which has already committed to a $1.3 billion deal with Hudson. North Fork said it would consider changing the stock and cash terms of its initial offer, which values Dime at $17.06 a share based on current stock prices.

Quest Diagnostic

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said it inked an agreement to offer lab services to

Aetna

(AET)

U.S Healthcare members. Although the terms are undisclosed, the contract, which starts April 1, makes Quest one of Aetna's preferred lab service national providers for its U.S. Healthcare members.

3dfx Interactive

(TDFX)

said it agreed to buy closely held

GigaPixel

in a stock deal valued at $186 million. According to the terms, 3dfx said it would pay 15.6 million shares and options for GigaPixel. The deal will be completed in the third quarter of 3dfx's fiscal year 2001.

Earnings/revenue reports

Sonic

(SONC)

posted second-quarter earnings of 28 cents a share, a penny better than the 10-analyst estimate. The company reported second-quarter 1999 earnings of 22 cents a share.

Walter Industries

(WLT)

posted third-quarter earnings of 11 cents a share, which includes a 5-cent gain. The two-analyst estimate expected the company to post earnings of 5 cents a share. The results are up from the year-ago report of a 21-cent loss. Separately, the company said Chairman, President and CEO Kenneth Hyatt stepped down from his posts to pursue other interests. Former Chairman and CEO G. Robert Durham will temporarily replace Hyatt.

Offerings and stock actions

Deutsche Banc. Alex Brown

priced a 7.5 million share IPO for

IntraBiotics Pharmaceuticals

(IBPI)

at the top of its $13 to $15 range at $15 a share.

Chase H & Q

said it priced a 4 million-share IPO for

Websense

(WBSN)

above its expected $14 to $16 price range at $18 a share.

Miscellany

Mosel Vitelic

and

Micron Technology

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resolved a $100 million patent dispute this morning before it entered a U.S. District Court in Delaware, according to court records,

Reuters

reported. The terms of the resolution, which involved 10 patents that covered computer memory circuits and semiconductor manufacturing processes, were not disclosed. Mosel had initially brought a lawsuit claiming infringement against Micron, which countersued.

The judge presiding over the

Microsoft

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antitrust case will render a decision on the matter sometime after Tuesday, according to sources quoted by

Reuters

. According to one of the sources, District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson had previously set a deadline of Tuesday to decide whether further talks were necessary between the parties involved in the case.

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