PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                              LATEST   WEEK      YEARLY
                                              WEEK     AGO       % CHG
      STEEL (2/10) thous. of net tons         1,971    2,030#    0.2
      AUTOS (2/10) units                      129,830  122,352r# -10.5
      TRUCKS (2/10) units                     120,870  108,372r# 2.1
      ELECTRIC POWER (2/10)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.              68,315   67,886#   4.6
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/10)
       thous. of bbl./day                     13,614   13,636#   1.5
      COAL (2/3) thous. of net tons           17,722#  20,002    -17.2
      PAPERBOARD (2/3) thous. of tons         NA#      NA        NA
      PAPER (2/3) thous. of tons              NA#      NA        NA
      LUMBER (2/3) millions of ft.            392.4#   449.0     -13.2
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/3) billions
       of ton-miles                           22.4#    24.4      -11.5
      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 (2/9) S&P 500              650.03   632.94    35.1
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/9)         6.87%    6.82%     -17.0
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/9)       109.8    109.8     -2.7
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/2)                 NA       NA        NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (1/31) billions       $506.5   $505.8    8.7
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/29) billions        $3,644.0 $3,649.3r 1.6
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (1/27) thous.                          389      412r      21.6
      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 (2/14) $/troy oz.                  403.100  414.200   7.2
      STEEL SCRAP (2/13) #1 heavy, $/ton      144.50   144.50    0.3
      COPPER (2/10)  cents/lb.                121.1    121.1     -11.4
      ALUMINUM (2/10)  cents/lb.              75.0     73.5      -21.5
      COTTON (2/10) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.        82.00    83.72     -6.7
      OIL (2/13) $/bbl.                       18.91    17.69     2.7
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                              LATEST   WEEK      YEAR
                                              WEEK     AGO       AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (2/13)                    4.93%    5.16%     5.93%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/14) 3-month         5.13     5.16      6.16
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (2/14) 3-month  5.13     5.16      6.17
      FIXED MORTGAGE (2/9) 30-year            7.29     7.31      9.04
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (2/9) one-year      5.39     5.49      6.73
      PRIME (2/14)                            8.25     8.25      9.00
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                              LATEST   WEEK      YEAR
                                              WEEK     AGO       AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (2/14)                     106.81   106.03    97.30
      GERMAN MARK (2/14)                      1.47     1.48      1.48
      BRITISH POUND (2/14)                    1.54     1.54      1.58
      FRENCH FRANC (2/14)                     5.06     5.08      5.16
      ITALIAN LIRA (2/14)                     1580.5   1576.2    1607.3
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/14)                  1.38     1.37      1.41
      MEXICAN PESO (2/14)3                    7.505    7.460     6.090
      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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