PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                       Latest      Week     %  Change
                                         week      ago       year ago
      STEEL (9/18) thous. of net tons   1,833      1,843   #   10.6
      AUTOS (9/18) units              112,938      85,920   r#  3.5
      TRUCKS (9/18) units             103,171      81,015   r#  28.9
      ELECTRIC POWER (9/18) millions 
      of kilowatt-hours                59,090      59,477   #  -2.4
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/18) thous. 
      of bbl./day                      13,852      13,826   #   0.8
      COAL (9/11) thous. of net tons   17,528   #   18,974    -17.3
      PAPERBOARD (9/11) thous. of tons  795.9   #   819.6   r  -1.2
      PAPER (9/11) thous. of tons       806.0   #   828.0   r   0.0
      LUMBER (9/11) millions of ft.     389.2   #   444.0      -2.4
      RAIL FREIGHT (9/11) billions of 
      ton-miles                          19.4   #   21.5        0.0
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper 
      Institute, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                             Latest     Week     Year
                             week       ago      ago
      JAPANESE YEN (9/22)     106      106       121
      GERMAN MARK (9/22)     1.63      1.59      1.49
      BRITISH POUND (9/22)   1.52      1.55      1.70
      FRENCH FRANC (9/22)    5.68      5.54      5.04
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (9/22) 1.32      1.31      1.24
      SWISS FRANC (9/22)     1.42      1.38      1.30
      MEXICAN PESO (9/22)3   3.106    3.110      3.103
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      PRICES
                                               Latest        Week    % Change
                                                 week         ago    year ago
      GOLD (9/22) $/troy oz.                   354.400      348.000     1.8
      STEEL SCRAP (9/21) #1 heavy, $/ton        112.50      112.50     29.3
      FOODSTUFFS (9/21) index, 1967=100          210.8      212.3       6.1
      COPPER (9/18)  /lb.                         89.1      90.5      -20.1
      ALUMINUM (9/18)  /lb.                       52.8      53.9      -9.4
      WHEAT (9/18) #2 hard, $/bu.                 3.35      3.34      -5.6
      COTTON (9/18) strict low middling 1-1/16 
      in.,  /lb.                                 54.23      53.55      -3.1
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research 
      Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                         Latest      Week%      Change
                                           week       ago    year ago
      STOCK PRICES (9/17) S&P 500         460.36     458.60      9.2
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/17)     6.66%     6.51%     -15.8
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/17)   94.7      94.9       -5.4
      BUSINESS FAILURES (9/10)               NA      366         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (9/8) billions   $404.0     $403.0   r   0.4
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (9/6) billions   $3,500.8   $3,488.2   r   1.6
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (9/4) 
      thous.                               322      326   r   -19.3
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun 
      & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve Board, Labor Dept. 
      CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans
      
      MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS
                                                  Latest      Month   % Change
                                                   month      ago     year ago
      HOUSING STARTS (Aug.) annual rate, thous.   1,323      1,227      7.6
      INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (Aug.) total index    111.1      110.9   r   4.2
      IMPORTS (July) millions                   $47,424      $49,698   r   5.5
      EXPORTS (July) millions                   $37,083      $37,639   r   -0.9
      Sources: Commerce Dept., Federal Reserve Board
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                                 Latest       Week       % Change
                                                 week          ago       year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (9/6)                  $1,103.1      $1,097.6   r   12.2
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (9/8)                267.7      270.0   r   -3.1
      FREE RESERVES (9/15)                         334      809   r   -29.5
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (9/8)        158.0      158.0      13.3
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board (in billions, except for free reserves, which 
      are expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      
      MONEY MARKET RATES
                                               Latest     Week    Year
                                                week      ago      ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (9/21)                     3.23%     3.00%     3.07%
      PRIME (9/22)                             6.00      6.00      6.00   
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (9/21)          3.16      3.16      3.25   
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (9/22)   3.12      3.14      3.15   
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (9/17)                3.08      3.06      3.05   
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board, First Boston
      
      #Raw data in the production indicators are seasonally adjusted in computing the 
      BW index (chart); other components (estimated and not listed) include machinery 
      and defense equipment. 
      1 = Western Wood Products Assn. 2 = Southern Forest Products Assn. 3 = Free 
      market value  NA = Not available r = revised NM = Not meaningful
      
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