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TABLE:

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (2/26) thous. of net tons 1,910 1,871 # 2.9

AUTOS (2/26) units 151,423 144,041 r# 15.3

TRUCKS (2/26) units 122,894 120,612 r# 31.7

ELECTRIC POWER (2/26) millions

of kilowatt-hours 57,956 59,406 # -5.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/26) thous.

of bbl./day 13,069 13,391 # 1.6

COAL (2/19) thous. of net tons 20,783 # 20,078 16.3

PAPERBOARD (2/19) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

PAPER (2/19) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

LUMBER (2/19) millions of ft. 487.7 # 468.1 4.8

RAIL FREIGHT (2/19) billions of

ton-miles 21.5 # 20.5 11.4

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 (3/2) 104 105 117

GERMAN MARK (3/2) 1.70 1.73 1.65

BRITISH POUND (3/2) 1.50 1.48 1.46

FRENCH FRANC (3/2) 5.79 5.87 5.59

CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/2) 1.36 1.34 1.24

SWISS FRANC (3/2) 1.43 1.45 1.53

MEXICAN PESO (3/2)3 3.220 3.119 3.099

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 (3/2) $/troy oz. 376.950 375.750 14.4

STEEL SCRAP (3/1) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 139.50 26.8

FOODSTUFFS (2/28) index, 1967=100 221.8 221.0 10.3

COPPER (2/26) cent/lb. 90.7 90.3 -11.2

ALUMINUM (2/26) cents/lb. 62.0 60.5 11.7

WHEAT (2/26) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.76 3.84 2.2

COTTON (2/26) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 74.19 72.30 31.3

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 (2/25) S&P 500 468.70 470.71 6.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/25) 7.23 % 7.06 % -5.0

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/25) 96.6 95.8 -3.9

BUSINESS FAILURES (2/18) 324 337 -19.2

REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/16) billions $418.1 $420.8 2.0

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/14) billions $3,538.6 $3,534.2 r 2.9

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/12)

thous. 360 366 10.8

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

PERSONAL INCOME (Jan.) annual rate, billions $5,534.9 $5,550.2 5.9

CONSUMERS SPENDING (Jan) billions $4,534.1 $4,512.1 5.7

ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG. (Jan.) billions $147.9 $142.6 12.6

PURCHASING MANAGERS' INDEX (Feb.) 56.6 % 57.7 % 2.4

Sources: Commerce Dept., National Assn. of Purchasing Management

TABLE:

MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Month % Change

month ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (2/14) $1,139.3 $1,135.9 r 10.5

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/16) 282.9 281.2 -0.2

FREE RESERVES (2/16) 1,074 r 1,224 r -26.5

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/16) 155.3 154.9 6.2

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 (3/1) 3.31 % 3.49 % 3.24 %

PRIME (3/2) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (3/1) 3.74 3.55 3.15

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (3/2) 3.63 3.47 3.11

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (2/25) 3.55 3.44 3.08

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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