PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                           LATEST      WEEK        YEARLY
                                           WEEK        AGO         % CHG
      STEEL (12/23) thous. of net tons     NA          1,798#      NA
      AUTOS (12/23) units                  133,174     141,894r#   -5.4
      TRUCKS (12/23) units                 112,949     122,358r#   4.1
      ELECTRIC POWER (12/23)
        millions of kilowatt-hrs.          NA          64,899#     NA
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/23)
        thous. of bbl./day                 NA          13,892#     NA
      COAL (12/16) thous. of net tons      19,793#     19,438      -2.7
      PAPERBOARD (12/16) thous. of tons    NA#         828.3       NA
      PAPER (12/16) thous. of tons         NA#         800.0       NA
      LUMBER (12/16) millions of ft.       404.4#      442.4       -19.1
      RAIL FREIGHT (12/16)
        billions of ton-miles              24.6#       25.1        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 (12/22) S&P 500         609.42      618.65      32.8
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/22)    6.88%       6.83%       -18.6
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/22)  111.4       112.3       -0.5
      BUSINESS FAILURES (12/15)            NA          333         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/13) billions   $503.4      $503.9r     9.4
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/11) billions    $3,735.7    $3,735.0r   4.5
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
        (12/9) thous.                      341         378         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.
      
      PRICES
                                           LATEST      WEEK        YEARLY
                                           WEEK        AGO         % CHG
      GOLD (12/27) $/troy oz.              387.050     387.600     1.4
      STEEL SCRAP (12/26) #1 heavy, $/ton  134.00      134.00      -6.6
      COPPER (12/23)  cents/lb.            134.2       139.1       -4.4
      ALUMINUM (12/23)  cents/lb.          79.0        79.0        -13.2
      COTTON (12/23) strict low middling
        1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.             80.35       83.84       -2.2
      OIL (12/26) $/bbl.                   19.26       19.12       9.2
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                           LATEST      WEEK        YEAR
                                           WEEK        AGO         AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (12/26)                5.50%       5.90%       5.60%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (12/26) 3-month     5.62        5.61        6.31
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
        (12/27) 3-month                    5.55        5.67        6.37
      FIXED MORTGAGE (12/22) 30-year       7.46        7.45        9.34
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (12/22) one-year 5.60        5.70        6.73
      PRIME (12/27)                        8.50        8.50        8.50
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                           LATEST      WEEK        YEAR
                                           WEEK        AGO         AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (12/27)                 102.81      102.34      100.32
      GERMAN MARK (12/27)                  1.43        1.44        1.57
      BRITISH POUND (12/27)                1.56        1.54        1.54
      FRENCH FRANC (12/27)                 4.89        4.95        5.43
      ITALIAN LIRA (12/27)                 1579.5      1589.8      1642.8
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (12/27)              1.36        1.36        1.40
      MEXICAN PESO (12/27)3                7.635       7.560       4.975
      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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