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Production Indicators

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (5/1) thous. of net tons 1,824 1,849 # 1.2

AUTOS (5/1) units 133,701 130,333 r# 2.0

TRUCKS (5/1) units 101,080 104,222 r# 19.1

ELECTRIC POWER (5/1) millions of

kilowatt-hours 51,728 51,559 # -0.2

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/1) thous.

of bbl./day 13,647 13,678 # 3.1

COAL (4/24) thous. of net tons 18,732 # 18,833 2.9

PAPERBOARD (4/24) thous. of tons 782.1 # 831.7 r -1.6

PAPER (4/24) thous. of tons 797.0 # 784.0 r 2.7

LUMBER (4/24) millions of ft. 463.6 # 449.1 -7.2

RAIL FREIGHT (4/24) billions of

ton-miles 21.3 # 21.1 6.0

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 Railroad

Foreign Exchange

Latest Week Year

week ago ago

JAPANESE YEN (5/5) 110 112 132

GERMAN MARK (5/5) 1.58 1.59 1.63

BRITISH POUND (5/5) 1.57 1.57 1.80

FRENCH FRANC (5/5) 5.32 5.37 5.50

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/5) 1.28 1.27 1.20

SWISS FRANC (5/5) 1.42 1.44 1.51

MEXICAN PESO (5/5)3 3.095 3.075 3.089

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 (5/5) $/troy oz. 354.250 349.700 5.2

STEEL SCRAP (5/4) #1 heavy,

Leading Indicators

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STOCK PRICES (4/30) S&P 500 437.73 442.54 6.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/30) 7.40 % 7.34 % -11.6

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/30) 97.2 97.3 -0.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (4/23) 391 332 r -5.6

REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/21) billions $394.4 $396.9 -2.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/19) billions $3,468.3 $3,477.7 r 0.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(4/17) thous. 356 333 r -11.9

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 Week % Change

week ago year ago

CONSTR. SPENDING (Mar.) annual

rate, billions $442.7 $446.4 r 5.0

12 LEADING INDICATORS COMPOSITE

(Mar.) index 152.0 153.5 r 2.8

PERSONAL INCOME (Mar.) annual rate,

billions $5,260.3 $5,227.8 r 5.0

MANUFACTURERS' INVENTORIES (Mar.)

billions $380.0 $379.1 -0.9

Sources: Census Bureau, Commerce Dept.

Monetary Indicators

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (4/19) $1,038.7 $1,043.6 r 9.8

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (4/21) 275.2 273.8 r -4.9

FREE RESERVES (4/28) 1,288 819 r 17.3

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER

(4/21) 157.6 151.6 8.6

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 (5/4) 2.94 % 2.72 % 3.77 %

PRIME (5/5) 6.00 6.00 6.50

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (5/4) 3.10 3.12 3.89

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH

(5/4) 3.06 3.08 3.85

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (5/1) 3.06 3.09 3.95

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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