PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                          LATEST    WEEK       YEARLY
                                          WEEK      AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (2/17) thous. of net tons     2,085     1,971#     3.3
      AUTOS (2/17) units                  120,955   131,928r#  -18.5
      TRUCKS (2/17) units                 123,218   118,239r#  3.8
      ELECTRIC POWER (2/17)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.          NA        68,315#    NA
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/17)
       thous. of bbl./day                 NA        13,614#    NA
      COAL (2/10) thous. of net tons      17,955#   17,722     -12.0
      PAPERBOARD (2/10) thous. of tons    NA#       NA         NA
      PAPER (2/10) thous. of tons         NA#       NA         NA
      LUMBER (2/10) millions of ft.       404.8#    392.4      -11.6
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/10)
       billions of ton-miles              22.5#     22.4       -8.2
      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 (2/16) S&P 500         655.37    650.03     35.6
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/16)    6.86%     6.87%      -16.9
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/16)  109.9     109.8      -2.4
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/9)             NA        291        NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/7) billions    $506.5    $506.5     8.7
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/5) billions     $3,652.8  $3,643.2r  1.7
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (2/3) thous.                       366       389        14.7
      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 (2/21) $/troy oz.              396.800   403.100    4.9
      STEEL SCRAP (2/20) #1 heavy, $/ton  144.50    144.50     1.4
      COPPER (2/17)  cents/lb.            118.3     121.1      -15.1
      ALUMINUM (2/17)  cents/lb.          76.0      75.0       -16.9
      COTTON (2/17) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.    81.70     82.00      -10.6
      OIL (2/20) $/bbl.                   21.05     18.91      11.6
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                          LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                          WEEK      AGO        AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (2/20)                5.20%     4.93%      5.94%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/21) 3-month     5.16      5.13       6.12
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
       (2/21) 3-month                     5.17      5.13       6.11
      FIXED MORTGAGE (2/16) 30-year       7.24      7.29       9.04
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (2/16) one-year 5.40      5.39       6.80
      PRIME (2/21)                        8.25      8.25       9.00
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                          LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                          WEEK      AGO        AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (2/21)                 105.08    106.81     96.98
      GERMAN MARK (2/21)                  1.45      1.47       1.47
      BRITISH POUND (2/21)                1.54      1.54       1.59
      FRENCH FRANC (2/21)                 5.01      5.06       5.15
      ITALIAN LIRA (2/21)                 1575.5    1580.5     1627.3
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/21)              1.38      1.38       1.39
      MEXICAN PESO (2/21)3                7.525     7.505      5.690
      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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