Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8553 Location: Dubuque, Iowa, USA
The value 17.38, expressed as a D-type floating point value in Assembler, is X'42116147AE147AE1' so it is obviously not a precise value in hexadecimal. The most likely explanation for what you are seeing is that COBOL and DB2 handle floating point values slightly differently, and you have found one of those values where the difference is apparent.
Unfortunately, this is one of the drawbacks to using floating point values, and you need to find out how your site handles such discrepancies. They can happen at any time for any value and there's not a lot that can be done about the difference, other than change the data base to not use floating point values.