PRODUCTION INDICATORS
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK        YEARLY
                                              WEEK            AGO         % CHG
      STEEL (4/29) thous. of net tons         1,995           2,031#      2.6
      AUTOS (4/29) units                      146,219         127,908r#   -1.9
      TRUCKS (4/29) units                     114,489         103,432r#   -3.4
      ELECTRIC POWER (4/29)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.              54,241          54,908#     -0.6
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/29)
       thous. of bbl./day                     14,125          14,046#     0.4
      COAL (4/22) thous. of net tons          19,478#         19,620      -9.2
      PAPERBOARD (4/22) thous. of tons        927.0#          927.9r      8.1
      PAPER (4/22) thous. of tons             852.0#          859.0r      8.0
      LUMBER (4/22) millions of ft.           418.5#          434.3       -6.2
      RAIL FREIGHT (4/22)
       billions of ton-miles                  23.7#           23.2        2.2
      
      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 (4/28) S&P 500             513.18          506.04      13.7
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/28)        8.00%           8.02%       2.4
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/28)      115.1           114.9       NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (4/21)                NA              313         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/19) billions       $473.5          $472.5      11.1
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/17) billions        $3,602.6        $3,606.5r   1.3
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (4/15) thous.                          341             344r        -6.3
      
      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 (5/3) $/troy oz.                   388.700         388.900     3.7
      STEEL SCRAP (5/2) #1 heavy, $/ton       137.50          137.50      1.9
      COPPER (4/29)  cents/lb.                132.5           137.2       41.1
      ALUMINUM (4/29)  cents/lb.              89.4            90.0        45.8
      COTTON (4/29) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.        107.65          106.12      37.3
      OIL (5/2) $/bbl.                        20.13           20.28       19.5
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK        YEAR
                                              WEEK            AGO         AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (5/2)                     6.01%           5.97%       3.76%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/3) 3-month          6.12            6.09        4.38
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/3) 3-month   6.07            6.08        4.35
      FIXED MORTGAGE (4/28) 30-year           8.46            8.49        8.48
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/28) one-year     6.24            6.36        5.21
      PRIME (5/3)                             9.00            9.00        6.75
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK        YEAR
                                              WEEK            AGO         AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (5/3)                      83.25           83.97       102.75
      GERMAN MARK (5/3)                       1.37            1.38        1.67
      BRITISH POUND (5/3)                     1.62            1.61        1.50
      FRENCH FRANC (5/3)                      4.90            4.86        5.72
      ITALIAN LIRA (5/3)                      1664.5          1707.6      1604.5
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/3)                   1.36            1.36        1.38
      MEXICAN PESO (5/3)3                     5.840           5.825       3.300
      
      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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