PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                 LATEST   WEEK       YEARLY
                                                 WEEK     AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (4/27) thous. of net tons            2,029    2,017#     1.5
      AUTOS (4/27) units                         140,656  137,781r#  -3.8
      TRUCKS (4/27) units                        132,138  128,473r#  9.5
      ELECTRIC POWER (4/27)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.                 55,617   55,508#    2.5
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/27)
       thous. of bbl./day                        14,112   13,968#    -0.1
      COAL (4/20) thous. of net tons             18,954#  19,134     -2.0
      PAPERBOARD (4/20) thous. of tons           824.9#   832.1r     -11.9
      PAPER (4/20) thous. of tons                818.0#   820.0r     -2.6
      LUMBER (4/20) millions of ft.              459.4#   440.8      9.8
      RAIL FREIGHT (4/20) billions of ton-miles  25.3#    25.1       2.4
      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 (4/26) S&P 500                653.46   645.07     27.3
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/26)           7.66%    7.67%      -5.3
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/26)         109.3    110.4      -5.0
      BUSINESS FAILURES (4/19)                   NA       NA         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/17) billions          $508.3   $508.5     7.2
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/15) billions           NA       NA         NA
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (4/13) thous. 359      350        5.0
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100), Dun 
      & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept.
      
      PRICES
                                                LATEST   WEEK       YEARLY
                                                WEEK     AGO        % CHG
      GOLD (5/1) $/troy oz.                     392.300  390.800    1.1
      STEEL SCRAP (4/30) #1 heavy, $/ton        139.50   139.50     1.5
      COPPER (4/27)  cents/lb.                  128.2    123.8      -3.2
      ALUMINUM (4/27)  cents/lb.                74.5     74.8       -16.7
      COTTON (4/27) strict low middling
       1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.                   84.42    84.20r     -21.6
      OIL (4/30) $/bbl.                         20.87    24.38      3.7
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                                LATEST   WEEK       YEAR
                                                WEEK     AGO        AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (4/30)                      5.50%    5.38%      6.05%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/1) 3-month            5.40     5.38       6.11
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/1) 3-month     5.36     5.34       6.07
      FIXED MORTGAGE (4/26) 30-year             8.16     8.21       8.46
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/26) one-year       5.84     5.93       6.24
      PRIME (5/1)                               8.25     8.25       9.00
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                                LATEST   WEEK       YEAR
                                                WEEK     AGO        AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (5/1)                        105.11   106.74     83.85
      GERMAN MARK (5/1)                         1.53     1.52       1.37
      BRITISH POUND (5/1)                       1.50     1.51       1.61
      FRENCH FRANC (5/1)                        5.18     5.14       4.90
      ITALIAN LIRA (5/1)                        1566.0   1555.2     1637.5
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/1)                     1.36     1.36       1.36
      MEXICAN PESO (5/1)3                       7.409    7.433      5.840
      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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