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Production Indicators

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (3/20) thous. of net tons 1,770 1,809 # -3.3

AUTOS (3/20) units 116,731 132,748 r# 7.1

TRUCKS (3/20) units 100,771 102,306 r# 13.1

ELECTRIC POWER (3/20) millions of kilowatt-hours 58,477 56,673 # 8.4

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/20) thous. of bbl./day 13,201 12,901 # 1.4

COAL (3/13) thous. of net tons 19,269 # 18,319 1.1

PAPERBOARD (3/13) thous. of tons 810.4 # 817.4 r -0.2

PAPER (3/13) thous. of tons 794.0 # 805.0 r 3.3

LUMBER (3/13) millions of ft. 498.9 # 489.3 -3.8

RAIL FREIGHT (3/13) billions of ton-miles 21.2 # 20.6 4.4

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 (3/24) 117 117 134

GERMAN MARK (3/24) 1.63 1.67 1.66

BRITISH POUND (3/24) 1.48 1.45 1.72

FRENCH FRANC (3/24) 5.55 5.66 5.62

CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/24) 1.25 1.25 1.19

SWISS FRANC (3/24) 1.51 1.53 1.51

MEXICAN PESO (3/24) superscript 3

3.094 3.099 3.085

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 (3/24) $/troy oz. 331.000 328.750 -3.0

STEEL SCRAP (3/23) #1 heavy, $/ton 108.50 108.50 21.2

FOODSTUFFS (3/22) index, 1967=100 205.8 201.5 0.5

COPPER (3/20) /lb. 100.0 100.0 -5.5

ALUMINUM (3/20) /lb. 53.3 53.6 -11.8

WHEAT (3/20) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.79 3.66 -13.5

COTTON (3/20) strict low middling 1-1/16 in., /lb. 56.53 57.63 9.3

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 (3/19) S&P 500 450.80 453.81 10.2

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/19) 7.61 % 7.54 % -9.2

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/19) 101.2 101.3 5.0

BUSINESS FAILURES (3/12) 403 407 -13.3

REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/10) billions $397.5 $396.9 -2.4

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/8) billions $3,441.3 $3,443.2 r -0.8

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (3/6) thous. 361 376 -16.4

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

ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG. (Feb.) billions $135.0 $132.1 r 14.7

BUDGET SURPLUS OR DEFICIT (-) (Feb.) millions -$47,594 $29,812 r -3.2

IMPORTS (Jan.) millions $44,311 $46,562 7.0

EXPORTS (Jan.) millions $37,008 $39,671 4.3

Sources: Commerce Dept., Treasury Dept.

Monetary Indicators

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (3/8) $1,032.5 $1,036.1 r 9.9

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (3/10) 278.1 279.1 -4.6

FREE RESERVES (3/17) 1,241 541 r 185.3

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/10) 148.4 148.4 r 6.5

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 (3/23) 2.93 % 2.72 % 3.94 %

PRIME (3/24) 6.00 6.00 6.50

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (3/23) 3.16 3.19 4.29

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (3/24) 3.09 3.12 4.25

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (3/19) 3.13 3.13 4.30

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.

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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