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LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (12/31) thous. of net tons 2,045 1,995# 28.8

AUTOS (12/31) units 0 141,940 NM

TRUCKS (12/31) units 0 110,958 NM

ELECTRIC POWER (12/31) millions of

kilowatt-hrs. NA 59,421 # NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/31)

thous. of bbl./day NA 13,896 # NA

COAL (12/24) thous. of net tons 20,345 # 20,504 28.8

PAPERBOARD (12/24) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

PAPER (12/24) thous. of tons NA # NA NA

LUMBER (12/24) millions of ft. 377.6# 499.7 12.2

RAIL FREIGHT (12/24) billions of

ton-miles 23.7 # 24.5 25.4

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (12/30) S&P 500 460.94 458.82 -1.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/30) 8.43 % 8.45 % 21.5

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/30) 112.8 111.7 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (12/23) 267 331 11.6

REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/21) billions $455.9 $455.5 r 8.7

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/19) billions $3,559.0 $3,559.2 r 0.8

INITIAL CLAIMS,

UNEMPLOYMENT (12/17) thous. 325 323 1.5

Sources: Center for International Business Cycle Research (CIBCR), Standard &

Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100), Dun & Bradstreet

(failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally

adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans. *Historical data

available from CIBCR.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (1/4) $/troy oz. 375.600 381.750 -5.0

STEEL SCRAP (1/3) #1 heavy, $/ton 144.00 143.50 3.2

COPPER (12/31) cents/lb. 142.4 140.4 66.2

ALUMINUM (12/31) cents/lb. 94.0 91.0 77.4

COTTON (12/31) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 86.32 82.14 38.4

OIL (1/3) $/bbl. 17.43 17.64 16.6

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (1/3) 5.98 % 5.60 % 3.03%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/3) 3-month 6.32 6.31 3.29

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (1/4) 3-month 6.38 6.37 3.25

FIXED MORTGAGE (12/30) 30-year 9.18 9.34 7.24

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (12/30) one-year 7.38 6.73 4.27

PRIME (1/4) 8.50 8.50 6.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (1/4) 101.21 100.32 112.30

GERMAN MARK (1/4) 1.56 1.57 1.74

BRITISH POUND (1/4) 1.56 1.54 1.48

FRENCH FRANC (1/4) 5.37 5.43 5.92

ITALIAN LIRA (1/4) 1626.5 1642.8 1694.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/4) 1.41 1.40 1.32

MEXICAN PESO (1/4)3 5.410 4.975 3.104

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar,

except for British pound in dollars

#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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