PRODUCTION INDICATORS
      
                                                  LATEST      WEEK        YEARLY
                                                  WEEK        AGO         % CHG
      STEEL (5/13) thous. of net tons             2,016       1,953#       5.1
      AUTOS (5/13) units                          141,974     135,128r#   -4.2
      TRUCKS (5/13) units                         118,532     119,862r#   -1.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (5/13)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.                  56,459      55,054#      3.1
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/13)
       thous. of bbl./day                         13,973      13,972#     -2.1
      COAL (5/6) thous. of net tons               19,306#     20,135      -2.9
      PAPERBOARD (5/6) thous. of tons             894.7#      904.6r       6.2
      PAPER (5/6) thous. of tons                  846.0#      850.0r       7.0
      LUMBER (5/6) millions of ft.                426.2#      436.8       -1.9
      RAIL FREIGHT (5/6)
       billions of ton-miles                      23.8#       24.4         2.6
      
      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 (5/12) S&P 500                 524.36      518.05      18.2
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/12)            7.69%       7.91%       -5.3
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/12)          114.5       115.1       NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (5/5)                     NA          NA          NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (5/3) billions            $477.0      $475.3      11.4
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (5/1) billions             $3,616.7    $3,612.3r    2.0
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (4/29) thous.  371         351          5.4
      
      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 (5/17) $/troy oz.                      382.900     383.200      0.6
      STEEL SCRAP (5/16) #1 heavy, $/ton          142.50      142.50      13.1
      COPPER (5/13)  cents/lb.                    129.0       129.0       25.7
      ALUMINUM (5/13)  cents/lb.                  84.5        86.5        34.1
      COTTON (5/13) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.            102.31      105.56      31.8
      OIL (5/16) $/bbl.                           19.98       19.64       11.0
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
      
                                                  LATEST      WEEK        YEAR
                                                  WEEK        AGO         AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (5/16)                        6.01%       5.95%       4.02%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/16) 3-month             6.06        6.04        4.61
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/17) 3-month      6.02        5.97        4.53
      FIXED MORTGAGE (5/12) 30-year               8.10        8.45        8.90
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (5/12) one-year         6.11        6.24        5.53
      PRIME (5/17)                                9.00        9.00        6.88
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
      
                                                  LATEST      WEEK        YEAR
                                                  WEEK        AGO         AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (5/17)                         86.61       83.45       104.35
      GERMAN MARK (5/17)                          1.44        1.39        1.65
      BRITISH POUND (5/17)                        1.57        1.59        1.51
      FRENCH FRANC (5/17)                         5.11        4.87        5.66
      ITALIAN LIRA (5/17)                         1654.5      1622.3      1583.0
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/17)                      1.36        1.36        1.37
      MEXICAN PESO (5/17)3                        5.925       5.875       3.310
      
      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 compmnents (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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