PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                          LATEST    WEEK       YEARLY
                                          WEEK      AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (2/24) thous. of net tons     2,085     2,085#     2.0
      AUTOS (2/24) units                  134,693   121,298r#  -8.1
      TRUCKS (2/24) units                 125,930   121,431r#  6.5
      ELECTRIC POWER (2/24)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.          59,905    62,780#    3.0
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/24)
       thous. of bbl./day                 13,533    13,528#    1.5
      COAL (2/17) thous. of net tons      21,641#   17,955     2.9
      PAPERBOARD (2/17) thous. of tons    NA#       NA         NA
      PAPER (2/17) thous. of tons         NA#       NA         NA
      LUMBER (2/17) millions of ft.       435.5#    404.8      -0.5
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/17)
       billions of ton-miles              25.2#     22.5       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 (2/23) S&P 500         651.67    655.37     34.2
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/23)    7.13%     6.86%      -13.4
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/23)  110.8     109.9      -2.0
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/16)            NA        NA         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/14) billions   NA        $507.1r    NA
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/12) billions    $3,658.1  $3,653.4r  2.0
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (2/10) thous.                      386       366        10.9
      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 (2/28) $/troy oz.              397.550   396.800    5.5
      STEEL SCRAP (2/27) #1 heavy, $/ton  144.50    144.50     1.4
      COPPER (2/24)  cents/lb.            120.4     118.3      -13.1
      ALUMINUM (2/24)  cents/lb.          76.0      76.0       -17.7
      COTTON (2/24) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.    81.33     81.70      -15.5
      OIL (2/27) $/bbl.                   19.63     21.05      5.8
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                          LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                          WEEK      AGO        AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (2/27)                5.20%     5.20%      5.88%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/28) 3-month     5.16      5.16       6.13
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
       (2/28) 3-month                     5.16      5.17       6.13
      FIXED MORTGAGE (2/23) 30-year       7.24      7.24       8.88
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (2/23) one-year 5.39      5.40       6.63
      PRIME (2/28)                        8.25      8.25       9.00
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                          LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                          WEEK      AGO        AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (2/28)                 104.44    105.08     95.05
      GERMAN MARK (2/28)                  1.47      1.45       1.45
      BRITISH POUND (2/28)                1.53      1.54       1.61
      FRENCH FRANC (2/28)                 5.02      5.01       5.10
      ITALIAN LIRA (2/28)                 1547.5    1575.5     1677.5
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/28)              1.37      1.38       1.40
      MEXICAN PESO (2/28)3                7.545     7.525      6.030
      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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