Top executives from Chemical Banking Corp., Great Western Financial Corp., and Wachovia Corp. gave upbeat assessments of their companies' most promising initiatives at a recent Montgomery Securities conference here.

Chemical vice chairman William B. Harrison Jr. focused on wholesale banking opportunities in the pending merger with Chase Manhattan Corp., while Great Western executive vice president A. William Schenck talked up retail and Wachovia chief executive L.M. Baker Jr. concentrated on data processing.

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