PRODUCTION INDICATORS
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK         YEARLY
                                              WEEK            AGO          % CHG
      STEEL (4/22) thous. of net tons         2,031           1,970#       9.3
      AUTOS (4/22) units                      124,195         117,228r#    -13.4
      TRUCKS (4/22) units                     102,564         93,397r#     -17.6
      ELECTRIC POWER (4/22)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.              54,908          54,301#      3.4
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/22)
       thous. of bbl./day                     14,046          13,615#      0.5
      COAL (4/15) thous. of net tons          19,620#         19,673       -7.6
      PAPERBOARD (4/15) thous. of tons        913.7#          892.7r       8.7
      PAPER (4/15) thous. of tons             860.0#          849.0r       6.0
      LUMBER (4/15) millions of ft.           434.3#          425.4        -4.9
      RAIL FREIGHT (4/15)
       billions of ton-miles                  23.2#           23.6         0.4
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Forest 
      & Paper Association, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK         YEARLY
                                              WEEK            AGO          % CHG
      STOCK PRICES (4/21) S&P 500             506.04          507.24       13.8
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/21)        8.02%           8.04%        1.1
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/21)      114.9           114.7        NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (4/14)                313             351          69.2
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/12) billions       $472.5          $471.7r      10.2
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/10) billions        $3,606.4        $3,599.3r    1.2
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (4/8) thous.                           347             342          -0.9
      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 (4/26) $/troy oz.                  388.900         395.550      4.3
      STEEL SCRAP (4/25) #1 heavy, $/ton      137.50          137.50       0.0
      COPPER (4/22)  cents/lb.                137.2           141.5        49.7
      ALUMINUM (4/22)  cents/lb.              90.0            90.0         46.8
      COTTON (4/22) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.        106.12          106.76       36.6
      OIL (4/25) $/bbl.                       20.28           20.10        20.0
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK         YEAR
                                              WEEK            AGO          AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (4/25)                    5.97%           5.98%        3.59%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/26) 3-month         6.09            6.10         4.15
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (4/26) 3-month  6.08            6.11         4.12
      FIXED MORTGAGE (4/21) 30-year           8.49            8.57         8.61
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/21) one-year     6.36            6.35         5.16
      PRIME (4/26)                            9.00            9.00         6.75
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK         YEAR
                                              WEEK            AGO          AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (4/26)                     83.97           81.23        101.20
      GERMAN MARK (4/26)                      1.38            1.36         1.66
      BRITISH POUND (4/26)                    1.61            1.62         1.51
      FRENCH FRANC (4/26)                     4.86            4.82         5.70
      ITALIAN LIRA (4/26)                     1707.6          1713.1       1595.8
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/26)                  1.36            1.37         1.38
      MEXICAN PESO (4/26)3                    5.825           6.165        3.327
      
      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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