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TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (2/19) thous. of net tons 1,871 1,806 # 4.1

AUTOS (2/19) units 147,797 138,934 r# 19.3

TRUCKS (2/19) units 122,196 116,257 r# 16.3

ELECTRIC POWER (2/19) millions of

kilowatt-hours 59,406 61,955 # -1.2

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/19) thous.

of bbl./day 13,391 13,419 # 1.1

COAL (2/12) thous. of net tons 20,078 # 20,333 5.7

PAPERBOARD (2/12) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

PAPER (2/12) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

LUMBER (2/12) millions of ft. 468.1 # 488.1 -5.4

RAIL FREIGHT (2/12) billions of

ton-miles 20.5 # 21.0 -1.9

TABLE: FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Latest Week Year

week ago ago

JAPANESE YEN (2/23) 105 104 118

GERMAN MARK (2/23) 1.73 1.72 1.64

BRITISH POUND (2/23) 1.48 1.48 1.43

FRENCH FRANC (2/23) 5.87 5.87 5.58

CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/23) 1.34 1.35 1.25

SWISS FRANC (2/23) 1.45 1.45 1.53

MEXICAN PESO (2/23)3 3.119 3.105 3.096

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 (2/23) $/troy oz. 375.750 383.500 13.9

STEEL SCRAP (2/22) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 139.50 27.4

FOODSTUFFS (2/22) index, 1967=100 221.0 220.7 9.6

COPPER (2/19) cents/lb. 90.3 90.9 -13.2

ALUMINUM (2/19) cents/lb. 60.5 61.5 9.0

WHEAT (2/19) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.84 3.80 2.9

COTTON (2/19) strict low middling 1-1/16

in., cents/lb. 72.30 71.96 27.9

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 (2/18) S&P 500 470.71 470.94 8.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/18) 7.06 % 7.03 % -8.2

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/18) 95.8 96.5 -4.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (2/11) 337 323 -13.1

REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/9) billions $420.8 $419.8 r 2.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/7) billions $3,534.0 3,535.2 r 2.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/5)

thous. 366 413 14.0

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

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (Jan.) 146.3 146.3 r 2.5

REAL GROSS WEEKLY PAY (Jan.) $258.83 $254.91 r 1.3

IMPORTS (Dec.) millions $49,633 $49,915 r 7.6

EXPORTS (Dec.) millions $42,225 $40,236 r 7.8

Sources: BLS, Commerce Dept.

TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (2/7) $1,135.7 $1,136.1 r 10.2

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/9) 281.2 282.1 r 0.8

FREE RESERVES (2/16) 1,078 1,214 r -26.3

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/9) 154.9 159.2 r 4.8

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 (2/22) 3.33% 3.49% 2.91%

PRIME (2/23) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (2/22) 3.57 3.55 3.15

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (2/23) 3.51 3.47 3.10

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (2/18) 3.44 3.43 3.10

Sources: Federal Reserve, First Boston

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

#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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