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Online Extra: Production Index Components


PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 10/18 thous. of net tons 1,931 1,862# -4.0

AUTOS 10/18 units 88,325 87,794r# -6.2

TRUCKS 10/18 units 168,744 165,424r# 4.7

ELECTRIC POWER 10/18 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 69,329 70,035# 5.1

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 10/18 thous. of bbl./day 15,252 14,994# 7.2

COAL 10/11 thous. of net tons 21,496# 21,352 -1.8

LUMBER 10/11 millions of ft. 528.5# 534.3r -1.1

RAIL FREIGHT 10/11 billions of ton-miles 31.1# 30.9 3.0

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA, SFPA,

Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

ECRI LEADING INDEX 10/10 1992=100 127.6 129.5r 11.0

STOCK PRICES 10/16 S&P 500 1039.3 1038.1 17.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 10/16 5.8% 5.7% -10.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 10/6 billions $6,086.7 $6,092.7r 6.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 10/17 thous. 386 390r -2.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 10/17 386.1 359.0 6.8

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 10/17 2204.1 2340.1 -60.6

Sources: Economic Cycle Research Institute, Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Fed-

eral Reserve, Labor Dept., Mortgage Bankers Assn. (Index: March 16, 1990=100)

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD 10/22 $/troy oz. 384.750 373.500 23.3

STEEL SCRAP 10/21 #1 heavy, $/ton 127.50 127.50 29.7

COPPER 10/17 cents/lb. 92.9 89.0 29.2

ALUMINUM 10/17 cents/lb. 70.8 69.5 11.0

COTTON 10/17 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 72.05 67.61 71.2

OIL 10/22 $/bbl. 29.54 31.59 6.4

CRB FOODSTUFFS 10/21 1967=100 251.20 252.65 9.4

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 10/21 1967=100 294.73 289.41 22.4

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Iron Age Scrap Price Bulletin, Metals

Week, Memphis market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

BRAZILIAN REAL 10/22 2.8607 2.8380 3.9015

BRITISH POUND 10/22 1.69 1.67 1.55

CANADIAN DOLLAR 10/22 1.30 1.33 1.57

EUROPEAN EURO 10/22 1.1804 1.1635 0.9763

JAPANESE YEN 10/22 108.99 109.54 124.57

KOREAN WON 10/22 1181.3 1174.0 1232.2

MEXICAN PESO 10/22 11.244 11.209 9.950

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 10/22 94.4 95.1 116.3

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 10/21 0.99% 1.08% 1.71%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 10/21 3-month 1.04 1.06 1.78

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 10/21 3-month 1.11 1.09 1.78

FIXED MORTGAGE 10/17 30-year 6.19 6.13 6.35

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 10/17 one-year 4.01 3.94 4.62

PRIME 10/21 4.00 4.00 4.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

#Raw data in the production indicators are seasonally adjusted in computing

the BW index; 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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