PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                         LATEST    WEEK       YEARLY
                                         WEEK      AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (11/4) thous. of net tons    1,863     1,926#     -1.5
      AUTOS (11/4) units                 132,240   131,242r#  -1.6
      TRUCKS (11/4) units                121,072   115,940r#  -2.8
      ELECTRIC POWER (11/4)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.         57,682    57,049#    3.3
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/4)
       thous. of bbl./day                13,804    13,919#    1.0
      COAL (10/28) thous. of net tons    19,161#   20,410     -5.5
      PAPERBOARD (10/28) thous. of tons  872.1#    899.3r     -4.6
      PAPER (10/28) thous. of tons       832.0#    832.0r     -0.2
      LUMBER (10/28) millions of ft.     453.8#    467.3      -7.7
      RAIL FREIGHT (10/28)
       billions of ton-miles             25.4#     25.6       -0.4
      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 (11/3) S&P 500        585.85    582.10     25.3
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/3)   7.05%     7.10%      -18.8
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/3) 110.8     110.8      NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (10/27)          NA        NA         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/25) billions $499.7    $500.1     11.2
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/23) billions  $3,719.1  $3,721.7r  4.1
      INITIAL CLAIMS,
       UNEMPLOYMENT (10/21) thous.       359       359        10.8
      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 (11/8) $/troy oz.             384.800   381.950    0.3
      STEEL SCRAP (11/7) #1 heavy, $/ton 134.50    138.50     0.7
      COPPER (11/4)  cents/lb.           135.0     131.5      3.7
      ALUMINUM (11/4)  cents/lb.         77.8      77.0       -14.5
      COTTON (11/4) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.   84.30     83.09      20.8
      OIL (11/7) $/bbl.                  17.60     17.67      -4.6
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                         LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                         WEEK      AGO        AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (11/7)               5.65%     5.97%      4.74%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/7) 3-month    5.75      5.81       5.74
      CERTIFICATES OF
       DEPOSIT (11/8) 3-month            5.74      5.78       5.72
      FIXED MORTGAGE (11/6) 30-year      7.69      7.70       9.31
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE
       (11/6) one-year                   5.78      5.76       6.24
      PRIME (11/8)                       8.75      8.75       7.75
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                         LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                         WEEK      AGO        AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (11/8)                102.23    102.85     97.65
      GERMAN MARK (11/8)                 1.41      1.42       1.53
      BRITISH POUND (11/8)               1.58      1.58       1.60
      FRENCH FRANC (11/8)                4.88      4.90       5.25
      ITALIAN LIRA (11/8)                1588.5    1596.1     1565.8
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (11/8)             1.35      1.35       1.36
      MEXICAN PESO (11/8)3               7.625     7.205      3.424
      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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