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TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (1/29) thous. of net tons 1,800 1,667 # 2.1

AUTOS (1/29) units 147,126 84,183 r# 12.0

TRUCKS (1/29) units 120,958 64,837 r# 19.5

ELECTRIC POWER (1/29) millions of

kilowatt-hours 61,008 67,707 # 2.4

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/29) thous.

of bbl./day 13,018 13,292 # 0.0

COAL (1/22) thous. of net tons 15,409 # 19,694 -18.8

PAPERBOARD (1/22) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

PAPER (1/22) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

LUMBER (1/22) millions of ft. 471.7 # 500.3 3.0

RAIL FREIGHT (1/22) billions of

ton-miles 17.2 # 21.0 -17.7

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 (2/2) 108 110 125

GERMAN MARK (2/2) 1.73 1.75 1.66

BRITISH POUND (2/2) 1.49 1.49 1.45

FRENCH FRANC (2/2) 5.88 5.93 5.61

CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/2) 1.33 1.31 1.26

SWISS FRANC (2/2) 1.45 1.47 1.53

MEXICAN PESO (2/2)3 3.105 3.106 3.101

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 (2/2) $/troy oz. 384.700 383.000 17.2

STEEL SCRAP (2/1) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 139.50 34.8

FOODSTUFFS (2/1) index, 1967=100 219.6 220.0 10.9

COPPER (1/29) /lb. 90.3 89.8 -12.9

ALUMINUM (1/29) /lb. 58.5 58.0 5.4

WHEAT (1/29) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.87 3.97 -2.5

COTTON (1/29) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., /lb. 69.39 65.83 31.2

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 (1/28) S&P 500 474.37 474.31 8.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/28) 6.91 % 6.92 % -11.9

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/28) 95.9 95.2 -2.9

BUSINESS FAILURES (1/21) 292 272r -18.2

REAL ESTATE LOANS (1/19) billions $419.5 $423.6 r 1.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/17) billions $3,522.9 $3,515.5r 1.9

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (1/15)

thous. 366 357 0.7

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

12 LEADING INDICATORS COMPOSITE (Dec.)

index 100.3 99.6 r 1.1

CONSTR. SPENDING (Dec.) annual rate,

billions $513.1 $500.0 r 12.7

PERSONAL INCOME (Dec.) annual rate, billions $5,541.7 $5,508.9 r 0.6

CONSUMER SPENDING (Dec.) billions $4,505.4 $4,482.6 r 5.2

Sources: Commerce Dept., Census Bureau

TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (1/17) $1,135.0 $1,130.5 r 9.8

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (1/19) 278.8 277.1 r -1.2

FREE RESERVES (1/19) 1,618 r 1,125 r 57.4

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/19) 154.4 152.6 5.4

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 (2/1) 3.25 % 3.04 % 3.15 %

PRIME (2/2) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (2/1) 3.17 3.15 3.21

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (2/2) 3.16 3.11 3.14

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (1/28) 3.13 3.13 3.18

Soources: 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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