Growing or not?

American Express' Manns reveals how to really identify earnings growth

being No. 1 or No. 2 in every business it operates in; Manns says the company is first in shareholder value. Pfizer NYSE: PFE 118.75 20 47.20 ($2.50/share) Pfizer has a drug pipeline that is well stocked, putting the company on its way to becoming the preeminent pharmaceutical company in the world. Citigroup NYSE: C 72.81 35 19.60 ($3.60/share) The merger of Salomon Smith Barney and Citibank has created a monster of a financial services company, Manns says. Cisco Systems Nasdaq: CSCO 101.56 26 64.90 ($1.54/share) There’s no getting around the fact that Cisco’s dominant share of the Internet equipment market means there’s more robust earnings growth ahead. Safeway NYSE: SWY 49.25 16 26.00 ($1.85/share) Grocer now offers a more diverse product line, which will give it better margins than the traditional grocer. *As of 4/20/99
Note: P/E and 5-year numbers came from Manns.

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