check message 3742 on the VPI board for danwilson_yorkshire's opinion on br earnings (as well as many others). this man has all the hedges down solidly, and his br hedging data jives totally with br's annual report on it's year 2000 hedges. in spite of all that he is estimating br to earn $0.75 vs. first call's (he says) $0.44. i have found in other places where the estimate was raised to $0.46 by analysts over the past week. if earnings are great, we will be seeing some preannouncement guidance of them coming from some of the e&p's within the next 10-14 days.