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Production Indicators

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (1/9) thous. of net tons 1,763 1,762 # -1.5

AUTOS (1/9) units 97,865 0 # 22.2

TRUCKS (1/9) units 75,931 0 # 98.3

ELECTRIC POWER (1/9) millions of kilo watt-hours

58,012 54,120 # 3.4

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/9) thous. of bbl./day

13,007 13,311 # -2.1

COAL (1/2) thous. of net tons 14,469 # 14,461 -5.0

PAPERBOARD (1/2) thous. of tons NA # 797.3 r NA

PAPER (1/2) thous. of tons NA # 752.0 r NA

LUMBER (1/2) millions of ft. 270.3 # 267.9 0.6

RAIL FREIGHT (1/2) billions of ton-miles 16.3 # 15.9 -2.4

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

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper

Institute, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads

Foreign Exchange

Latest Week Year

week ago ago

JAPANESE YEN (1/13) 126 125 128

GERMAN MARK (1/13) 1.63 1.63 1.63

BRITISH POUND (1/13) 1.54 1.54 1.75

FRENCH FRANC (1/13) 5.53 5.56 5.56

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/13) 1.28 1.28 1.15

SWISS FRANC (1/13) 1.49 1.49 1.44

MEXICAN PESO (1/13) superscript 3

3.096 3.093 3.078

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar,

except for British pound expressed in dollars

Prices

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

GOLD (1/13) $/troy oz. 327.550 329.600 -6.6

STEEL SCRAP (1/12) #1 heavy, $/ton 99.50 92.50 7.0

FOODSTUFFS (1/11) index, 1967=100 200.6 198.4 -0.9

COPPER (1/9) /lb. 109.7 106.0 10.5

ALUMINUM (1/9) /lb. 57.1 57.1 10.9

WHEAT (1/9) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.86 3.72 -7.4

COTTON (1/9) strict low middling 1-1/16 in., /lb. 52.85 52.31 -1.0

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research

Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market

Leading Indicators

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STOCK PRICES (1/8) S&P 500 432.80 437.92 3.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/8) 7.92 % 7.88 % -2.6

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/8) 98.0 97.9 5.0

BUSINESS FAILURES (1/1) 390 323 19.3

REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/30) billions $399.7 $400.0 r -0.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/28) billions $3,432.7 $3,429.2 r 0.2

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (12/26) thous. 291 331 -35.6

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun

& Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve Board, Labor Dept.

CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans

Monthly Economic Indicators

Latest Month % Change

month ago year ago

BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (Dec.) 182.4 182.3 r 4.6

BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (Dec.) 221.5 220.7 r 7.2

EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Dec.) millions 118.3 118.1 1.3

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Dec.) 7.3 % 7.3 % 2.8

Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS

Monetary Indicators

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (12/28) $1,029.4 $1,019.7 r 14.9

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (12/30) 278.5 277.0 r -5.3

FREE RESERVES (1/6) 1,168 1,166 r 89.0

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (12/23) 139.7 145.0 6.2

Sources: Federal Reserve Board (in billions, except for free reserves, which

are expressed for a two-week period in millions)

Money Market Rates

Latest Week Year

week ago ago

FEDERAL FUNDS (1/12) 2.91 % 3.33 % 4.01 %

PRIME (1/13) 6.00 6.00 6.50

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (1/12) 3.27 3.36 4.08

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (1/13)

3.22 3.26 4.09

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (1/8) 3.29 3.34 3.96

Sources: Federal Reserve Board, First Boston

#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.


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