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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (5/29) thous. of net tons 1,902 1,905 # 6.9

AUTOS (5/29) units 130,016 142,673 r# 16.9

TRUCKS (5/29) units 98,253 104,349 r# 28.6

ELECTRIC POWER (5/29) millions

of kilowatt-hours 54,152 53,228 # 5.2

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/29) thous.

of bbl./day 13,979 13,733 # 1.3

COAL (5/22) thous. of net tons 18,428 # 18,142 -2.1

PAPERBOARD (5/22) thous. of tons 802.4 # 827.3 r -1.4

PAPER (5/22) thous. of tons 769.0 # 736.0 r 3.1

LUMBER (5/22) millions of ft. 461.4 # 469.9 -8.0

RAIL FREIGHT (5/22) billions of

ton-miles 21.4 # 21.2 2.9

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 (6/2) 107 108 127

GERMAN MARK (6/2) 1.59 1.62 1.60

BRITISH POUND (6/2) 1.54 1.55 1.83

FRENCH FRANC (6/2) 5.38 5.47 5.37

CANADIAN DOLLAR (6/2) 1.27 1.26 1.20

SWISS FRANC (6/2) 1.42 1.45 1.46

MEXICAN PESO (6/2)3 3.123 3.127 3.092

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 (6/2) $/troy oz. 369.000 374.500 9.0

STEEL SCRAP (6/1) #1 heavy,

LEADING INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STOCK PRICES (5/28) S&P 500 450.58 444.94 8.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/28) 7.46 % 7.48 % -9.6

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/28) 95.6 95.4 -2.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (5/21) 382 380 -19.6

REAL ESTATE LOANS (5/19)

billions $395.7 $397.7 r -2.7

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (5/17)

billions $3,471.2 $3,468.8 r 1.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(5/15) thous. 340 337 -15.6

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

PERSONAL INCOME (Apr.) annual rate,

billions $5,262.0 $5,261.0 r 4.9

CONSUMER SPENDING (Apr.)

billions $4,282.7 $4,239.2 r 6.0

CONSTR. SPENDING (Apr.) annual

rate, billions $444.4 $446.2 r 3.9

12 LEADING INDICATORS COMPOSITE

(Apr.) index 152.0 151.9 r 2.5

Sources: Commerce Dept., Census Bureau

MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (5/17) $1,068.0 $1,065.2 r 12.0

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (5/19) 275.1 275.7 -4.1

FREE RESERVES (5/26) 1,077 686 r -19.6

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL

PAPER (5/19) 159.0 158.2 9.0

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 (6/1) 3.33 % 3.21 % 3.85 %

PRIME (6/2) 6.00 6.00 6.50

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (6/1) 3.23 3.19 3.97

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH

(6/2) 3.17 3.15 3.91

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (5/28) 3.20 3.13 3.91

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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