PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                           LATEST   WEEK       YEARLY
                                           WEEK     AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (10/21) thous. of net tons     1,834    1,852#      -5.5
      AUTOS (10/21) units                  138,653  130,893r#   -1.6
      TRUCKS (10/21) units                 126,427  119,237r#    3.0
      ELECTRIC POWER (10/21)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.           57,046   57,917#      1.7
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (10/21)
       thous. of bbl./day                  13,786   13,602#      0.7
      COAL (10/14) thous. of net tons      20,675#  19,976       0.8
      PAPERBOARD (10/14) thous. of tons    883.6#   868.9r       1.7
      PAPER (10/14) thous. of tons         820.0#   828.0       -0.4
      LUMBER (10/14) millions of ft.       464.7#   451.7       -3.2
      RAIL FREIGHT (10/14)
       billions of ton-miles               25.8#    24.9         3.6
      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 (10/20) S&P 500         587.07   580.59     25.5
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (10/20)    7.08%    7.14%     -17.1
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (10/20)  110.5    111.1      NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (10/13)            NA       NA         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/11) billions  $501.7   $498.8r     11.8
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/9) billions    $3,716.7 $3,722.0r   4.0
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (10/7) thous.                       356      343r       8.2
      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 (10/25) $/troy oz.              382.400  383.650   -1.9
      STEEL SCRAP (10/24) #1 heavy, $/ton  140.50   140.50     5.2
      COPPER (10/21)  cents/lb.            129.4    131.1      6.0
      ALUMINUM (10/21)  cents/lb.          77.0     78.5      -9.4
      COTTON (10/21) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.     83.18    85.10      23.6
      OIL (10/24) $/bbl.                   17.58    17.64       0.5
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                           LATEST   WEEK       YEAR
                                           WEEK     AGO        AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (10/24)                5.70%    5.66%      4.72%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (10/24) 3-month     5.82     5.81       5.55
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
       (10/25) 3-month                     5.80     5.77       5.56
      FIXED MORTGAGE (10/20) 30-year       7.69     7.72       9.01
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (10/20) one-year 5.85     5.79       5.87
      PRIME (10/25)                        8.75     8.75       7.75
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                           LATEST   WEEK       YEAR
                                           WEEK     AGO        AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (10/25)                 101.24   100.66     97.02
      GERMAN MARK (10/25)                  1.39     1.42       1.50
      BRITISH POUND (10/25)                1.58     1.57       1.64
      FRENCH FRANC (10/25)                 4.90     4.99       5.13
      ITALIAN LIRA (10/25)                 1615.5   1603.1     1533.3
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (10/25)              1.37     1.34       1.35
      MEXICAN PESO (10/25)3                6.750    6.745      3.429
      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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