Williams credited strong results in all of its core gas businesses and the absence of a $248.7 million litigation charge in 2Q2006 for substantially improved second quarter results. Net income was $433.1 million (71 cents/share) compared with a net loss of $76 million (-13 cents/share) in 2Q2006.
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El Paso Energy earnings hit a new record for 1998, and each ofthe company’s operating segments was credited for the success. ElPaso diluted earnings per share rose 16% to a record $1.85 in 1998from $1.59 in 1997. Consolidated earnings before interest expenseand income taxes (EBIT) for 1998 increased to a record $644 millioncompared to $578 million in the year ago period.
Duke Energy credited a diverse portfolio for insulating it fromthe energy industry’s downturn. The company reported 1998 thirdquarter basic earnings of $1.18/share, up 42% from 83 cents/sharefor the same quarter in 1997. Duke posted earnings of $423.8million for the third quarter, compared to $298.4 million for thesame quarter in 1997. Overall earnings before interest and taxes(EBIT) for the third quarter of 1998 was $870.9 million versus$632.2 million for the third quarter of 1997.
The April aftermarket got off to a running start with swingdeals being done Tuesday often 2-3 cents above bidweek averages,with a few points even stronger than that. Sources were virtuallyunanimous in attributing the cash strength to a further run-up onthe futures screen. In fact, traders were buzzing all day about thedizzying heights being hit by the May contract, often withquestions like, “What the heck is driving this thing?”