PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                          LATEST     WEEK      YEARLY
                                          WEEK       AGO       % CHG
      STEEL (12/2) thous. of net tons     1,934      1,886#    -3.3
      AUTOS (12/2) units                  124,055    82,062r#  -15.7
      TRUCKS (12/2) units                 116,912    68,977r#  -5.0
      ELECTRIC POWER (12/2)
        millions of kilowatt-hrs.         58,996     57,288#   1.6
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/2)
        thous. of bbl./day                14,223     13,875#   0.3
      COAL (11/25) thous. of net tons     17,568#    19,450    -2.1
      PAPERBOARD (11/25) thous. of tons   827.3#     818.1r    -8.6
      PAPER (11/25) thous. of tons        806.0#     797.0r    -5.6
      LUMBER (11/25) millions of ft.      273.0#     422.2     -14.7
      RAIL FREIGHT (11/25)
        billions of ton-miles             21.1#      25.2      2.9
      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 (12/1) S&P 500         605.55     598.86    33.7
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/1)    6.94%      7.03%     -19.0
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/1)  111.2      111.8     NA*
      BUSINESS FAILURES (11/24)           NA         322       NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (11/22) billions  $501.8     $503.1r   10.2
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (11/20) billions   $3,729.6   $3,718.4r 4.3
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
        (11/18) thous.                    379        370       15.5
      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 (12/6) $/troy oz.              388.400    388.500   2.8
      STEEL SCRAP (12/5) #1 heavy, $/ton  134.50     134.50    -3.9
      COPPER (12/2)  cents/lb.            137.6      142.7     -2.0
      ALUMINUM (12/2)  cents/lb.          78.5       77.5      -15.1
      COTTON (12/2) strict low middling
        1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.            83.66      85.18     8.5
      OIL (12/5) $/bbl.                   18.66      18.28     10.2
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                          LATEST     WEEK      YEAR
                                          WEEK       AGO       AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (12/5)                5.72%      5.69%     5.47%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (12/5) 3-month     5.69       5.73      6.26
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
        (12/5) 3-month                    5.67       5.73      6.28
      FIXED MORTGAGE (12/1) 30-year       7.60       7.64      9.36
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (12/1) one-year 5.71       5.68      6.47
      PRIME (12/6)                        8.75       8.75      8.50
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                          LATEST     WEEK      YEAR
                                          WEEK       AGO       AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (12/6)                 101.42     101.60    100.45
      GERMAN MARK (12/6)                  1.44       1.44      1.58
      BRITISH POUND (12/6)                1.54       1.53      1.56
      FRENCH FRANC (12/6)                 4.97       4.93      5.43
      ITALIAN LIRA (12/6)                 1595.0     1595.7    1631.7
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (12/6)              1.37       1.36      1.38
      MEXICAN PESO (12/6)3                7.655      7.465     3.439
      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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