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TABLE:

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

STEEL (3/5) thous. of net tons 1,872 1,910 # 5.6

AUTOS (3/5) units 147,135 151,150 r# 20.9

TRUCKS (3/5) units 117,750 121,149 r# 17.5

ELECTRIC POWER (3/5) millions of

kilowatt-hours 59,312 57,956 # 1.7

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/5) thous. of

bbl./day 12,780 12,990 # -0.6

COAL (2/26) thous. of net tons 21,743 # 20,783 17.1

PAPERBOARD (2/26) thous. of tons NA # 849.2 NA

PAPER (2/26) thous. of tons NA # 830.0 NA

LUMBER (2/26) millions of ft. 493.5 # 487.5 -0.8

RAIL FREIGHT (2/26) billions of

ton-miles 21.6 # 21.5 4.9

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 (3/9) 106 104 118

GERMAN MARK (3/9) 1.71 1.70 1.66

BRITISH POUND (3/9) 1.49 1.50 1.43

FRENCH FRANC (3/9) 5.81 5.79 5.66

CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/9) 1.35 1.36 1.24

SWISS FRANC (3/9) 1.43 1.43 1.53

MEXICAN PESO (3/9)3 3.245 3.220 3.119

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 (3/9) $/troy oz. 375.300 376.950 15.1

STEEL SCRAP (3/8) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 139.50 28.6

FOODSTUFFS (3/7) index, 1967=100 221.8 221.8 10.8

COPPER (3/5) cents/lb. 91.2 90.7 -8.3

ALUMINUM (3/5) cents /lb. 61.5 62.0 13.9

WHEAT (3/5) #2 hard, $/bu. 3.71 3.76 0.8

COTTON (3/5) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents /lb. 73.15 74.19 30.2

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 (3/4) S&P 500 464.83 468.70 4.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/4) 7.36 % 7.23 % -2.6

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/4) 96.8 96.6 -3.2

BUSINESS FAILURES (2/25) NA 324 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/23) billions $414.3 $418.4 r 2.1

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/21) billions $3,529.7 $3,539.0 r 2.5

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/19)

thous. 375 360 6.8

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

BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (Feb.) 191.0 192.0 r 2.2

BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (Feb.) 232.7 233.9 r 8.2

EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Feb.) millions 122.3 122.0 2.3

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Feb.) 6.5 % 6.7 % -13.3

Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS

TABLE:

MONETARY INDICATORS

Latest Week % Change

week ago year ago

MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (2/21) $1,139.0 $1,139.2 r 10.1

BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/23) 281.0 282.9 130.5

FREE RESERVES (3/2) 1,150 1,041 r 123.3

NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/23) 151.7 155.3 3.5

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 (3/8) 3.24% 3.31% 3.02%

PRIME (3/9) 6.00 6.00 6.00

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (3/8) 3.84 3.74 3.18

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (3/8) 3.76 3.63 3.12

EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (3/4) 3.68 3.55 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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