LATEST          WEEK     YEARLY 
                                                WEEK            AGO     % CHG 
      STEEL (12/31) thous. of net tons        2,045           1,995#       28.8    
      AUTOS (12/31) units                         0          141,940         NM      
      TRUCKS (12/31) units                        0          110,958         NM      
      ELECTRIC POWER (12/31) millions of 
      kilowatt-hrs.                              NA            59,421  #     NA      
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/31) 
      thous. of bbl./day                         NA            13,896  #     NA      
      COAL (12/24) thous. of net tons        20,345  #         20,504      28.8    
      PAPERBOARD (12/24) thous. of tons        NA   #            NA          NA      
      PAPER (12/24) thous. of tons             NA   #            NA          NA      
      LUMBER (12/24) millions of ft.          377.6#            499.7      12.2    
      RAIL FREIGHT (12/24) billions of 
      ton-miles                                23.7 #            24.5      25.4    
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
      
                                              LATEST           WEEK       YEARLY
                                                WEEK            AGO        % CHG
      STOCK PRICES (12/30) S&P 500            460.94          458.82       -1.8    
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/30)         8.43 %          8.45 %     21.5    
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/30)      112.8           111.7        NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (12/23)                  267             331       11.6 
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/21) billions      $455.9          $455.5  r     8.7     
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/19) billions     $3,559.0        $3,559.2  r     0.8 
      INITIAL CLAIMS, 
      UNEMPLOYMENT (12/17) thous.                325             323        1.5 
      Sources: Center for International Business Cycle Research (CIBCR), Standard & 
      Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100), Dun & Bradstreet 
      (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally 
      adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans. *Historical data 
      available from CIBCR.
      
      PRICES
                                               LATEST          WEEK      YEARLY
                                                WEEK           AGO        % CHG
      
      GOLD (1/4) $/troy oz.                  375.600         381.750       -5.0    
      STEEL SCRAP (1/3) #1 heavy, $/ton       144.00          143.50        3.2     
      COPPER (12/31)  cents/lb.                142.4           140.4       66.2    
      ALUMINUM (12/31)  cents/lb.               94.0            91.0       77.4    
      COTTON (12/31) strict low middling 
      1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.                   86.32           82.14       38.4    
      OIL (1/3) $/bbl.                         17.43           17.64           16.6   
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                              LATEST            WEEK          YEAR
                                                WEEK             AGO           AGO
      
      FEDERAL FUNDS (1/3)                       5.98 %          5.60 %         3.03%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/3) 3-month            6.32            6.31           3.29   
      
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (1/4) 3-month     6.38            6.37           3.25   
      
      FIXED MORTGAGE (12/30) 30-year            9.18            9.34           7.24   
      
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (12/30) one-year      7.38            6.73           4.27   
      
      PRIME (1/4)                               8.50            8.50           6.00   
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                              LATEST           WEEK           YEAR
                                               WEEK            AGO            AGO
      
      JAPANESE YEN (1/4)                      101.21          100.32          112.30  
      GERMAN MARK (1/4)                         1.56            1.57            1.74  
      
      BRITISH POUND (1/4)                       1.56            1.54            1.48  
      
      FRENCH FRANC (1/4)                        5.37            5.43            5.92  
      
      ITALIAN LIRA (1/4)                      1626.5          1642.8          1694.5  
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/4)                     1.41            1.40            1.32  
      
      MEXICAN PESO (1/4)3                      5.410           4.975           3.104
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound in dollars
      
      #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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