PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                          LATEST      WEEK        YEARLY
                                          WEEK        AGO         % CHG
      STEEL (9/2) thous. of net tons      1,949       1,904#       3.2
      AUTOS (9/2) units                   115,982     119,684r#   -9.2
      TRUCKS (9/2) units                  113,277     118,137r#   -2.0
      ELECTRIC POWER (9/2)
      millions of kilowatt-hrs.           NA          73,896#      NA
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/2)
      thous. of bbl./day                  NA          14,183#      NA
      COAL (8/26) thous. of net tons      20,317#     19,873      -3.3
      PAPERBOARD (8/26) thous. of tons    890.4#      879.7r      -0.8
      PAPER (8/26) thous. of tons         851.0#      833.0r       0.2
      LUMBER (8/26) millions of ft.       465.9#      452.1       -2.4
      RAIL FREIGHT (8/26)
      billions of ton-miles               25.0#       24.4         2.5
      
      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 (9/2) S&P 500          561.14      558.47      18.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/2)     7.39%       7.60%       -8.7
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/2)   114.3       114.9        NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (8/25)            NA          283          NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/23) billions   $494.6      $493.5      12.3
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/21) billions    $3,708.2    $3,699.3     3.6
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
      (8/19) thous.                       349         338          8.0
      
      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 (9/6) $/troy oz.               380.050     381.650     -1.7
      STEEL SCRAP (9/5) #1 heavy, $/ton   146.50      146.50       8.9
      COPPER (9/1)  cents/lb.             137.3       142.5       15.3
      ALUMINUM (9/1)  cents/lb.           85.5        88.0        15.5
      COTTON (9/1) strict low
      middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.     90.55       89.77       27.0
      OIL (9/5) $/bbl.                    18.51       17.92        4.0
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                          LATEST      WEEK        YEAR
                                          WEEK        AGO         AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (9/5)                 5.86%       5.48%        4.74%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (9/5) 3-month      5.77        5.80         4.92
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
      (9/6) 3-month                       5.75        5.76         4.89
      FIXED MORTGAGE (9/1) 30-year        7.95        8.10         8.63
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (9/1) one-year  5.86        5.92         5.58
      PRIME (9/6)                         8.75        8.75         7.75
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                         LATEST      WEEK        YEAR
                                         WEEK        AGO         AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (9/6)                 98.74       98.80       99.45
      GERMAN MARK (9/6)                   1.48        1.48         1.56
      BRITISH POUND (9/6)                 1.55        1.54         1.54
      FRENCH FRANC (9/6)                  5.09        5.07         5.34
      ITALIAN LIRA (9/6)               1621.5      1626.4       1588.5
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (9/6)               1.34        1.34         1.37
      MEXICAN PESO (9/6)3                 6.240       6.298        3.396
      
      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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