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TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (2/12) thous. of net tons 1,805 1,859 # 0.6

AUTOS (2/12) units 143,924 151,453 r# 19.4

TRUCKS (2/12) units 122,175 120,655 r# 29.5

ELECTRIC POWER (2/12) millions

of kilowatt-hours 61,955 63,872 # 7.1

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/12) thous.

of bbl./day 13,419 13,201 # 2.7

COAL (2/5) thous. of net tons 20,333 # 21,029 2.1

PAPERBOARD (2/5) thous. of tons NA # 784.1 NA

PAPER (2/5) thous. of tons NA # 803.0 NA

LUMBER (2/5) millions of ft. 488.1 # 489.2 2.5

RAIL FREIGHT (2/5) billions of

ton-miles 21.0 # 21.6 -1.9

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 (2/16) 104 108 119

GERMAN MARK (2/16) 1.72 1.76 1.63

BRITISH POUND (2/16) 1.48 1.46 1.45

FRENCH FRANC (2/16) 5.87 5.97 5.53

CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/16) 1.35 1.34 1.26

SWISS FRANC (2/16) 1.45 1.48 1.50

MEXICAN PESO (2/16)3 3.105 3.105 3.094

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 (2/16) $/troy oz. 383.500 380.750 16.0

STEEL SCRAP (2/15) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 139.50 27.4

FOODSTUFFS (2/14) index, 1967=100 220.7 217.9 9.9

COPPER (2/12) cents/lb. 90.9 92.8 -12.9

ALUMINUM (2/12) cents/lb. 61.5 60.8 9.8

WHEAT (2/12) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.80 3.81 1.6

COTTON (2/12) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 71.96 72.25 30.8

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

TABLE: LEADING INDICATLRS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STOCK PRICES (2/11) S&P 500 470.94 478.75 5.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/11) 7.03 % 6.93 % -9.3

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/11) 96.5 96.5 -4.3

BUSINESS FAILURES (2/4) 323 316 -11.7

REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/2) billions $417.5 $419.4 r 1.9

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/31) billions $3,533.8 $3,538.6 r 2.6

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(1/29) thous. 413 363 21.5

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

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (Jan.) total index 114.4 113.9 r 4.8

CAPACITY UTILIZATION (Jan.) 83.1 % 82.9 %r 2.7

HOUSING STARTS (Jan.) annual rate, thous. 1,294 1,571 10.5

RETAIL SALES (Jan.) billions $181.0 $182.0 7.0

Sources: Federal Reserve, Commerce Dept., Census Bureau

TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (1/31) $1,136.5 $1,136.4 r 9.9

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/2) 282.3 278.8 r -0.7

FREE RESERVES (2/2) 1,226 r 1,599 r 4.9

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/2) 159.9 154.7 8.3

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 (2/15) 3.49 % 3.24 % 3.06 %

PRIME (2/16) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (2/15) 3.55 3.49 3.18

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (2/16) 3.47 3.42 3.11

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (2/11) 3.43 3.20 3.13

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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