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TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (1/15) thous. of net tons 1,892 1,894# 7.2

AUTOS (1/15) units 134,335 129,099r# 12.4

TRUCKS (1/15) units 102,915 112,384r# 8.5

ELECTRIC POWER (1/15) millions of kilowatt-hours NA 61,394# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/15) thous. of bbl./day NA 13,334# NA

COAL (1/8) thous. of net tons 18,311# 14,660 -0.3

PAPERBOARD (1/8) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

PAPER (1/8) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

LUMBER (1/8) millions of ft. 474.4# 342.3 9.0

RAIL FREIGHT (1/8) billions of ton-miles 19.8# 16.9 -3.9

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

TABLE: FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Latest Week Year

week ago ago

JAPANESE YEN (1/19) 111 112 125

GERMAN MARK (1/19) 1.74 1.74 1.61

BRITISH POUND (1/19) 1.49 1.50 1.52

FRENCH FRANC (1/19) 5.93 5.91 5.45

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/19) 1.31 1.32 1.29

SWISS FRANC (1/19) 1.46 1.47 1.48

MEXICAN PESO (1/19)3 3.106 3.116 3.103

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 (1/19) $/troy oz. 391.700 386.100 19.1

STEEL SCRAP (1/18) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 140.00 40.2

FOODSTUFFS (1/17) index, 1967=100 222.0 218.6 9.3

COPPER (1/15) /lb. 86.0 85.8 -18.3

ALUMINUM (1/15) /lb. 55.8 54.3 -1.2

WHEAT (1/15) #2 hard, $/bu. 4.09 3.97 3.8

COTTON (1/15) strict low middling 1-1/16 in., /lb. 64.68 64.48 19.4

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 (1/14) S&P 500 474.19 467.38 9.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/14) 6.87% 7.01% -13.7

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/14) 94.9 94.8 -3.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (1/7) NA 269 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (1/5) billions $421.5 $421.2r 1.5

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/3) billions $3,523.9 $3,516.6r 2.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (1/1) thous. 355 293 3.2

Sources: Standard & Peor'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

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (Dec.) total index 114.0 113.2 4.7

CAPACITY UTILIZATION (Dec.) 83.5% 83.0% 3.1

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (Dec.) 145.8 145.8 2.7

PRODUCER PRICE INDEX (Dec.) finished goods 124.1 124.2 0.2

Sources: Federal Reserve, BLS

TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (1/3) $1,132.9 $1,134.2r 10.1

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (1/5) 280.6 278.6r -0.7

FREE RESERVES (1/5) 1,121r 832r 0.4

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/5) 149.4 148.6r 3.9

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 (1/18) 3.97% 2.97% 3.10%

PRIME (1/19) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (1/18) 3.19 3.18 3.21

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (1/19) 3.12 3.13 3.17

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (1/14) 3.13 3.23 3.24

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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