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TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (1/8) thous. of net tons 1,894 1,864 # 7.5

AUTOS (1/8) units 130,083 0 # 36.1

TRUCKS (1/8) units 112,527 0 # 42.2

ELECTRIC POWER (1/8) millions of

kilowatt-hours 61,394 59,782 # 5.8

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/8) thous. of

bbl./day 13,334 13,690 # 2.5

COAL (1/1) thous. of net tons 14,660 # 15,796 1.3

PAPERBOARD (1/1) thous. of tons NA # 836.3 r NA

PAPER (1/1) thous. of tons NA # 792.0 r NA

LUMBER (1/1) millions of ft. 342.3 # 336.3 26.6

RAIL FREIGHT (1/1) billions of ton-miles 16.9 # 18.0 3.7

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

TABLE: FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Latest Week Year

week ago ago

JAPANESE YEN (1/12) 112 112 126

GERMAN MARK (1/12) 1.74 1.74 1.63

BRITISH POUND (1/12) 1.50 1.48 1.54

FRENCH FRANC (1/12) 5.91 5.90 5.50

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/12) 1.32 1.31 1.28

SWISS FRANC (1/12) 1.47 1.48 1.49

MEXICAN PESO (1/12)3 3.116 3.109 3.109

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, except for British pound expressed in dollars

TABLE: PRICES

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

GOLD (1/12) $/troy oz. 386.100 395.250 17.9

STEEL SCRAP (1/11) #1 heavy, $/ton 140.00 139.50 40.7

FOODSTUFFS (1/11) index, 1967=100 218.6 219.2 9.0

COPPER (1/8) /lb. 85.8 85.7 -21.8

ALUMINUM (1/8) /lb. 54.3 53.4 -4.9

WHEAT (1/8) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.97 4.23 2.8

COTTON (1/8) strict low middling 1-1/16

in., /lb. 64.48 62.35 22.0

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market

TABLE: LEADING INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STOCK PRICES (1/7) S&P 500 467.38 469.43 8.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/7) 7.01 % 6.94 % -11.5

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/7) 94.8 94.2 -3.3

BUSINESS FAILURES (12/31) 269 302 -31.0

REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/29) billions $409.5 $407.6 r 1.3

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/27) billions $3,515.4 $3,524.5 1.6

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (12/25) thous. 293 330 -7.6

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans

TABLE: MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Latest Month % Change

month ago year ago

BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (Dec.) 195.5 195.9 r 5.7

BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (Dec.) 234.5 230.5 r 8.1

EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Dec.) millions 120.7 120.3 2.1

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Dec.) 6.4 % 6.5 % -12.3

Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS

TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (12/27) $1,143.3 $1,133.2 r 11.1

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (12/29) 272.2 272.9 -2.5

FREE RESERVES (1/5) 1,159 819 r -0.8

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (12/29) 147.7 153.4 5.7

Sources: Federal Reserve (in billions, except for free reserves, which are expressed for a two-week period in millions)

TABLE: MONEY MARKET RATES

Latest Week Year

week ago ago

FEDERAL FUNDS (1/11) 2.97 % 3.03 % 2.98 %

PRIME (1/12) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (1/11) 3.18 3.29 3.25

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (1/12) 3.13 3.25 3.20

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (1/7) 3.23 3.23 3.29

Sources: Federal Reserve, 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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