PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                          LATEST       WEEK         YEARLY
                                           WEEK         AGO          % CHG
      
      STEEL (4/24) thous. of net tons      1,961         1,875#     -10.6
      AUTOS (4/24) units                 128,630       125,353r#      7.0
      TRUCKS (4/24) units                164,058       161,968r#      9.4
      ELECTRIC POWER (4/24) millions
         of kilowatt-hrs.                 58,935        59,234#       4.3
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/24)
         thous. of bbl./day               14,774        15,004#      -0.8
      COAL (4/17) thous. of net tons      21,158#       20,195        6.2
      LUMBER (4/17) millions of ft.       502.5#         515.2        0.8
      RAIL FREIGHT (4/17) billions
         of ton-miles                      27.0#          25.8        3.4
      
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA1, SFPA2, 
      Association of American Railroads
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                              LATEST       WEEK         YEARLY
                                               WEEK         AGO        % CHG
      
      ECRI LEADING INDEX (4/16) 1992=100        122.1        120.7       1.1
      STOCK PRICES (4/23) S&P 500             1356.85      1319.00      21.2
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/23)           6.69%        6.65%     -0.4
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/12) billions       $4,465.1     $4,476.9r      7.4
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
         (4/16) thous.                            314          319r     -0.3
      MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE (4/23)    278.9        288.2      15.5
      MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE (4/23) 1,093.4      1,155.7      -5.5
      
      Sources: Economic Cycle Research Institute, Standard & Poor's, Moody's, 
      Federal Reserve, Labor Dept., Mortgage Bankers Assn. (Index: March 16, 
      1990=100)
      
      PRICES
                                            LATEST      WEEK        YEARLY
                                              WEEK       AGO        % CHG
      GOLD (4/28) $/troy oz.               283.000    283.250         -8.2
      STEEL SCRAP (4/27)#1 heavy, $/ton      77.00      77.00        -42.3
      COPPER (4/23)  cents/lb.                73.1       69.4        -16.6
      ALUMINUM (4/23)  cents/lb.              63.8       63.0         -8.6
      COTTON (4/23) strict low middling
         1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.              58.47      59.98         -5.1
      OIL (4/27) $/bbl.                      17.55      17.53         13.3
      CRB FOODSTUFFS (4/27) 1967=100        188.40     190.28        -19.2
      CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (4/27) 1967=100   258.04     258.11        -15.7
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                       LATEST         WEEK            YEAR
                                         WEEK           AGO            AGO
      
      BRAZILIAN REAL (4/28)             1.6980       1.7275          1.1449
      BRITISH POUND (4/28)                1.62         1.61            1.67
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/28)              1.48         1.49            1.44
      EUROPEAN EURO (4/28)              1.0630       1.0584              NA
      JAPANESE YEN (4/28)               119.01       119.85          132.32
      KOREAN WON (4/28)                 1178.0       1188.0          1334.5
      MEXICAN PESO (4/28)3               9.293        9.370           8.490
      TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX
         (4/28)                          109.4        109.9           110.4
      
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British Pound and European Euro in dollars. Trade-weighted dollar 
      via J.P. Morgan.
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                             LATEST      WEEK     YEAR
                                              WEEK       AGO      AGO
      
      FEDERAL FUNDS (4/27)                    4.83%      4.49 %     5.28 %
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/27) 3-month         4.73       4.78       5.51
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (4/28) 3-month  4.87       4.87       5.61
      FIXED MORTGAGE (4/23) 30-year           6.98       6.96       7.19
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/23) one-year     5.77       5.80       5.77
      PRIME (4/23)                            7.75       7.75       8.50
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets
      
      #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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