TABLE: 
      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                        Latest      Week      % Change
                                         week        ago       year ago
      STEEL (2/26) thous. of net tons   1,910      1,871   #     2.9
      AUTOS (2/26) units              151,423      144,041 r#   15.3
      TRUCKS (2/26) units             122,894      120,612 r#   31.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (2/26) millions
      of kilowatt-hours                57,956      59,406   #  -5.0
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/26) thous.
      of bbl./day                      13,069      13,391   #   1.6
      COAL (2/19) thous. of net tons   20,783   #  20,078      16.3
      PAPERBOARD (2/19) thous. of tons    NA   #      NA         NA
      PAPER (2/19) thous. of tons         NA   #      NA         NA
      LUMBER (2/19) millions of ft.    487.7   #    468.1       4.8
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/19) billions of
      ton-miles                         21.5   #     20.5      11.4
      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
      
      
TABLE: 
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                               Latest     Week      Year
                                week      ago       ago
      JAPANESE YEN (3/2)         104      105       117
      GERMAN MARK (3/2)         1.70      1.73      1.65
      BRITISH POUND (3/2)       1.50      1.48      1.46
      FRENCH FRANC (3/2)        5.79      5.87      5.59
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/2)     1.36      1.34      1.24
      SWISS FRANC (3/2)         1.43      1.45      1.53
      MEXICAN PESO (3/2)3      3.220      3.119      3.099
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      
TABLE: 
      PRICES
                                          Latest        Week      % Change
                                           week         ago        year ago
      GOLD (3/2) $/troy oz.               376.950      375.750      14.4
      STEEL SCRAP (3/1) #1 heavy, $/ton    139.50       139.50      26.8
      FOODSTUFFS (2/28) index, 1967=100     221.8        221.0      10.3
      COPPER (2/26) cent/lb.                 90.7         90.3     -11.2
      ALUMINUM (2/26) cents/lb.              62.0         60.5      11.7
      WHEAT (2/26) #2 hard, $/bu.            3.76         3.84       2.2
      COTTON (2/26) strict low middling
      1-1/16 in., cents/lb.                 74.19        72.30      31.3
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      
TABLE: 
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                                 Latest      Week      % Change
                                                   week      ago       year ago
      STOCK PRICES (2/25) S&P 500                468.70     470.71       6.7
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/25)            7.23 %      7.06 %    -5.0
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/25)          96.6        95.8      -3.9
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/18)                     324         337     -19.2
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/16) billions         $418.1      $420.8       2.0
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/14) billions        $3,538.6    $3,534.2  r    2.9
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/12)
      thous.                                       360         366      10.8
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans
      
      
TABLE: 
      MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS
                                                     Latest         Month    % Change
                                                       month          ago   year ago
      PERSONAL INCOME (Jan.) annual rate, billions   $5,534.9      $5,550.2      5.9
      CONSUMERS SPENDING (Jan) billions              $4,534.1      $4,512.1      5.7
      ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG. (Jan.) billions   $147.9        $142.6      12.6
      PURCHASING MANAGERS' INDEX (Feb.)                  56.6 %       57.7 %     2.4
      Sources: Commerce Dept., National Assn. of Purchasing Management
      
      
TABLE: 
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                         Latest       Month        % Change
                                           month        ago       year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (2/14)           $1,139.3     $1,135.9   r    10.5
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/16)         282.9        281.2        -0.2
      FREE RESERVES (2/16)                 1,074   r    1,224   r   -26.5
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/16) 155.3        154.9        6.2
      Sources: Federal Reserve (in billions, except for free reserves, which are expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      
      
TABLE: 
      MONEY MARKET RATES
                                           Latest    Week       Year
                                            week      ago        ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (3/1)                   3.31 %    3.49 %    3.24 %
      PRIME (3/2)                           6.00      6.00      6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (3/1)        3.74      3.55      3.15
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (3/2) 3.63      3.47      3.11
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (2/25)             3.55      3.44      3.08
      Sources: Federal Reserve, 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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