Earnings Forecast Raised for USX-Marathon

S&P sees strong results at oil exploration and production giant

Company: Allegheny Energy (AYE )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: 3.15

New estimate: 3.90

Rationale: Impact of pending acquisitions

Company: At Home (ATHM )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: 0.02

New estimate: d0.25

Rationale: Tough advertising climate

Company: Gilead Sciences (GILD )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: d0.80

New estimate: d1.30

Rationale: Sharp rise in R&D and SG&A

Company: ICOS Corp. (ICOS )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: d1.52

New estimate: d1.88

Rationale: Q4 loss higher than expected

Company: Mead Corp. (MEA )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: 1.80

New estimate: 1.15

Rationale: Weakness in some markets

Company: Ocean Energy (OEI )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: 1.60

New estimate: 1.82

Rationale: Strong prices, lower costs

Company: Olin Corp. (OLN )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: 2.25

New estimate: 1.80

Rationale: Strike, slowing economy

Company: Reliant Energy (REI )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: 2.90

New estimate: 3.25

Rationale: Sector strengths

Company: Ryerson Tull (RT )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: 0.90

New estimate: 0.45

Rationale: Expect weak Q1

Company: USX-Marathon (MRO )

Year ending: Dec-01

Prior estimate: 2.98

New estimate: 3.65

Rationale: Reflects strong E&P, R&M

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