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Friday, July 30, 1999

"A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep."

-- Wystan Hugh Auden    

Latest Market Numbers

Day Trader Shooting Spree

Mark Barton, who reportedly lost $100,000 day trading in the stock market recently, opened fire yesterday afternoon in two Atlanta brokerage firms, killing nine people and injuring 12 others. Police later discovered the bodies of his wife and two children, whom they say Barton had killed earlier this week. Barton, 44, shot and killed himself after being stopped by police at a gas station.

The shootings began about 3 p.m. at All-Tech Investment Services, where Barton, a former chemist, had been a day trader. According to All-Tech, Barton had not traded since April. After opening fire at All-Tech, killing four people, Barton continued his shooting spree at another brokerage firm, Momentum Securities, killing five others.

At Barton's apartment in Stockbridge, police found the bodies of his wife and children, beaten to death Tuesday or Wednesday. Handwritten notes were left on the bodies.

News to Go

Charlotte-based bank First Union (NYSE: FTU) announced that the company's president, John Georgius, will retire from that post at the end of the year after 24 years at First Union and 36 years in the banking business. He will be replaced by G. Kennedy Thompson, vice chairman responsible for global capital markets.

Earnings to Go

(Quarterly earnings per share versus that of the same year-earlier quarter and compared with analysts' mean estimate. Earnings exclude one-time charges and gains.)

Allmerica Financial (NYSE: AFC) -- Q2 EPS: $1.32 (continuing operations) vs. $0.91 last year; estimate: $1.15

BMC Software (Nasdaq: BMCS) -- fiscal Q1 EPS: $0.42 (before charges) vs. $0.32 last year; estimate: $0.40

Electronic Data Systems (NYSE: EDS) -- Q2 EPS: $0.44 (before gain) vs. $0.39 last year; estimate: $0.43

Lam Research (Nasdaq: LRCX) -- fiscal Q4 EPS: profit of $0.28 vs. loss of $0.05 last year; estimate: profit of $0.12

Quigley Corp. (Nasdaq: QGLY) -- Q2 EPS: loss of $0.10 vs. breakeven last year; estimate: loss of $0.11

Tommy Hilfiger (NYSE: TOM) -- fiscal Q1 EPS: $0.40 vs. $0.30 last year; estimate: $0.37

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Yi-Hsin Chang (TMF Puck), Writer
Jennifer Silber (TMF Amused), Editor