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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (11/27) thous. of net tons 1,816 1,789 # 3.5

AUTOS (11/27) units 81,850 136,766r# 3.1

TRUCKS (11/27) units 68,070 115,485r# 17.8

ELECTRIC POWER (11/27) millions of

kilowatt-hours 55,093 55,290 # 2.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/27) thous.

of bbl./day 13,580 13,698 # 0.0

COAL (11/20) thous. of net tons 19,492 # 19,294 24.1

PAPERBOARD (11/20) thous. of tons 853.3 # 845.8 r 3.6

PAPER (11/20) thous. of tons 815.0 # 815.0 r 2.3

LUMBER (11/20) millions of ft. 494.2 # 499.5 50.3

RAIL FREIGHT (11/20) billions of

ton-miles 23.1 # 23.1 4.1

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 (12/1) 108 108 125

GERMAN MARK (12/1) 1.72 1.70 1.58

BRITISH POUND (12/1) 1.48 1.49 1.58

FRENCH FRANC (12/1) 5.94 5.91 5.37

CANADIAN DOLLAR (12/1) 1.34 1.33 1.27

SWISS FRANC (12/1) 1.50 1.49 1.41

MEXICAN PESO (12/1)3 3.104 3.100 3.108

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 (12/1) $/troy oz. 373.100 377.600 11.2

STEEL SCRAP (11/30) #1 heavy, $/ton 137.50 137.50 54.5

FOODSTUFFS (11/30) index, 1967=100 221.3 222.3 9.7

COPPER (11/27) /lb. 79.5 79.2 -20.9

ALUMINUM (11/27) /lb. 51.3 50.5 -5.0

WHEAT (11/27) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.88 3.95 1.0

COTTON (11/27) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., /lb. 59.10 56.05 16.5

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 (11/26) S&P 500 461.73 464.30 8.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/26) 6.98% 6.94% -13.4

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/26) 94.2 94.1 -0.2

BUSINESS FAILURES (11/15) 355 278 -10.4

REAL ESTATE LOANS (11/13) billions $405.9 $407.6 r 0.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (11/11) billions $3,513.9 $3,506.3 r 1.1

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (11/9)

thous. 338 358 -3.7

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. (Oct.)

billions $135.8 $133.1 r 8.1

PURCHASING MANAGERS' INDEX (Nov.) 55.7% 53.8% 1.8

AGRICULTURAL PRICES (Nov.) index, 1977=100 143 145 5.1

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX (Nov.) 71.2 60.5 8.5

Sources: Commerce Dept., National Assn. of Purchasing Management, Agriculture

Dept.

MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (11/15) $1,123.5 $1,118.8r 9.8

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (11/17) 272.7 272.2 r -2.6

FREE RESERVES (11/24) 954 907 r -22.0

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/17) 159.5 158.8 6.3

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 (11/30) 3.16% 3.05% 3.37%

PRIME (12/1) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (11/30) 3.44 3.42 3.79

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (12/1) 3.35 3.36 3.73

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (11/26) 3.38 3.34 3.80

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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