PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                              LATEST    WEEK       YEARLY
                                              WEEK      AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (8/26) thous. of net tons         1,904     1,873#     2.9
      AUTOS (8/26) units                      113,526   97,391r#   -1.9
      TRUCKS (8/26) units                     113,587   109,374r#  -1.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (8/26)
      millions of kilowatt-hrs.               73,896    79,332#    9.9
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/26)
      thous. of bbl./day                      14,183    14,157#    -1.6
      COAL (8/19) thous. of net tons          19,873#   19,853     -2.8
      PAPERBOARD (8/19) thous. of tons        883.2#    892.8r     0.5
      PAPER (8/19) thous. of tons             835.0#    849.0r     -1.6
      LUMBER (8/19) millions of ft.           452.1#    438.7      -4.4
      RAIL FREIGHT (8/19)
      billions of ton-miles                   24.4#     24.2       2.1
      
      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 (8/25) S&P 500             558.47    559.31     19.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/25)        7.60%     7.64%      -6.5
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/25)      114.9     113.8      NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (8/18)                NA        NA         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/16) billions       $493.5    $492.8r    11.9
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/14) billions        $3,699.3  $3,695.9r  3.4
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
      (8/12) thous.                           338       332        4.0
      
      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 (8/30) $/troy oz.                  381.650   382.750    -0.8
      STEEL SCRAP (8/29) #1 heavy, $/ton      146.50    146.50     8.9
      COPPER (8/25)  cents/lb.                142.5     143.4      25.8
      ALUMINUM (8/25)  cents/lb.              88.0      88.8       22.2
      COTTON (8/25) strict low
      middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.         89.77     84.99      27.8
      OIL (8/29) $/bbl.                       17.92     18.54      2.1
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                              LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                              WEEK      AGO        AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (8/29)                    5.48%     5.68%      4.72%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/29) 3-month         5.80      5.83       4.90
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (8/30) 3-month  5.76      5.78       4.88
      FIXED MORTGAGE (8/25) 30-year           8.10      8.20       8.70
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (8/25) one-year     5.92      6.05       5.61
      PRIME (8/30)                            8.75      8.75       7.75
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                              LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                              WEEK      AGO        AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (8/30)                     98.80     96.36      99.80
      GERMAN MARK (8/30)                      1.48      1.48       1.58
      BRITISH POUND (8/30)                    1.54      1.54       1.55
      FRENCH FRANC (8/30)                     5.07      5.07       5.39
      ITALIAN LIRA (8/30)                     1626.4    1617.5     1581.3
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/30)                  1.34      1.36       1.37
      MEXICAN PESO (8/30)3                    6.298     6.270      3.384
      
      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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