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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (1/22) thous. of net tons 1,667 1,892 # -5.9

AUTOS (1/22) units 105,701 136,676 r# -1.2

TRUCKS (1/22) units 79,056 110,868 r# -7.2

ELECTRIC POWER (1/22) millions of

kilowatt-hours 67,707 63,524 # 13.8

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/22) thous. of

bbl./day 13,292 13,482 # 1.5

COAL (1/15) thous. of net tons 19,694 # 18,311 9.6

PAPERBOARD (1/15) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

PAPER (1/15) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

LUMBER (1/15) millions of ft. 500.3 # 474.4 12.2

RAIL FREIGHT (1/15) billions of ton-miles 21.0 # 19.8 5.0

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 Railroads

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Latest Week Year

week ago ago

JAPANESE YEN (1/26) 110 111 124

GERMAN MARK (1/26) 1.75 1.74 1.59

BRITISH POUND (1/26) 1.49 1.49 1.51

FRENCH FRANC (1/26) 5.93 5.93 5.39

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/26) 1.31 1.31 1.27

SWISS FRANC (1/26) 1.47 1.46 1.46

MEXICAN PESO (1/26)3 3.106 3.106 3.093

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 (1/26) $/troy oz. 383.000 391.700 15.8

STEEL SCRAP (1/25) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 139.50 40.2

FOODSTUFFS (1/24) index, 1967=100 220.0 222.0 10.0

COPPER (1/22) /lb. 89.8 86.0 -12.8

ALUMINUM (1/22) /lb. 58.0 55.8 3.6

WHEAT (1/22) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.97 4.09 -2.7

COTTON (1/22) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., /lb. 65.83 64.68 19.7

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 (1/21) S&P 500 474.31 474.19 8.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/21) 6.92 % 6.87 % -12.4

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/21) 95.2 94.9 -3.4

BUSINESS FAILURES (1/14) 322 269 -24.6

REAL ESTATE LOANS (1/12) billions $423.5 $421.8 r 1.9

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/10) billions $3,515.1 $3,518.4 r 1.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (1/8) thous. 357 355 -1.4

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

MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Latest Month % Change

month ago year ago

RETAIL SALES (Dec.) billions $180.6 $197.1 6.9

REAL GROSS WEEKLY PAY (Dec.) $255.99 $255.87 0.9

IMPORTS (Nov.) millions $50,235 $50,990 10.1

EXPORTS (Nov.) millions $40,067 $40,092 6.0

Sources: Census Bureau, BLS, Commerce Dept.

MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (1/10) $1,130.4 $1,132.3 r 9.6

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (1/12) 277.4 278.9 r -0.8

FREE RESERVES (1/19) 1,621 1,135 r 57.7

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/12) 152.6 149.4 5.9

Sources: Federal Reserve (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 (1/25) 3.04 % 3.97 % 2.94 %

PRIME (1/26) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (1/25) 3.15 3.19 3.18

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (1/26) 3.11 3.12 3.13

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (1/21) 3.13 3.13 3.16

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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