PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                              LATEST     WEEK      YEARLY
                                              WEEK       AGO       % CHG
      STEEL (1/20) thous. of net tons         2,035      2,031#    1.9
      AUTOS (1/20) units                      102,985    96,550r#  -9.1
      TRUCKS (1/20) units                     98,109     95,653r#  7.8
      ELECTRIC POWER (1/20)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.              62,943     67,271#   6.3
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/20)
       thous. of bbl./day                     13,772     13,597#   1.6
      COAL (1/13) thous. of net tons          17,149#    17,721    -18.6
      PAPERBOARD (1/13) thous. of tons        NA#        NA        NA
      PAPER (1/13) thous. of tons             NA#        NA        NA
      LUMBER (1/13) millions of ft.           458.4#     313.1     -1.3
      RAIL FREIGHT (1/13)
       billions of ton-miles                  22.2#      21.1      -8.3
      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 (1/19) S&P 500             606.94     606.18    29.6
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/19)        6.80%      6.86%     -19.4
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/19)      110.2      111.0     -4.1
      BUSINESS FAILURES (1/12)                NA         NA        NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (1/10) billions       $508.0     $503.7r   9.9
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/8) billions         $3,755.8   $3,749.6r 4.7
      INITIAL CLAIMS,
       UNEMPLOYMENT (1/6) thous.              394        372       10.7
      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 (1/24) $/troy oz.                  402.500    397.700   5.3
      STEEL SCRAP (1/23) #1 heavy, $/ton      144.50     144.50    -1.3
      COPPER (1/20)  cents/lb.                118.5      121.3     -18.6
      ALUMINUM (1/20)  cents/lb.              75.5       77.0      -24.9
      COTTON (1/20) strict low middling
       1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.                 80.28      81.16     -9.2
      OIL (1/23) $/bbl.                       18.74      18.14     0.4
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                              LATEST     WEEK      YEAR
                                              WEEK       AGO       AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (1/23)                    5.44%      5.84%     5.42%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/24) 3-month         5.35       5.41      6.24
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (1/24) 3-month  5.36       5.39      6.22
      FIXED MORTGAGE (1/19) 30-year           7.30       7.37      9.25
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (1/19) one-year     5.59       5.50      6.90
      PRIME (1/24)                            8.50       8.50      8.50
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                              LATEST     WEEK      YEAR
                                              WEEK       AGO       AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (1/24)                     106.81     105.42    99.47
      GERMAN MARK (1/24)                      1.48       1.46      1.51
      BRITISH POUND (1/24)                    1.51       1.53      1.59
      FRENCH FRANC (1/24)                     5.08       5.00      5.25
      ITALIAN LIRA (1/24)                     1591.5     1582.3    1603.0
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/24)                  1.37       1.37      1.41
      MEXICAN PESO (1/24)3                    7.450      7.505     5.550
      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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