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PRODUCTION AND LEADING INDEXES

The production index fell slightly during the week ended Mar. 18. Seasonally

adjusted output levels of autos and trucks led the decline. Before calculation

of the four-week moving average, the index fell to 122.3, from 122.9 in the

previous week.

The leading index was unchanged in the latest week. The unaveraged index edged

up to 254.6, from 253.6, thanks to the rallies in the stock and bond markets.

BW production index copyright 1994 Bloomberg L.P.

BW leading index copyright 1994 by CIBCR

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (3/25) thous. of net tons 2,036 2,082# 8.5

AUTOS (3/25) units 150,923 139,976r# 2.6

TRUCKS (3/25) units 121,600 119,719r# -4.6

ELECTRIC POWER (3/25) millions

of kilowatt-hrs. 55,091 54,412# 1.2

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/25)

thous. of bbl./day 13,402 13,400# 5.4

COAL (3/18) thous. of net tons 21,258# 20,320 -5.7

PAPERBOARD (3/18) thous. of tons 922.6# 898.1r 5.7

PAPER (3/18) thous. of tons 842.0# 832.0r 2.3

LUMBER (3/18) millions of ft. 446.6# 452.8 -10.0

RAIL FREIGHT (3/18) billions

of ton-miles 24.1# 23.2 1.3

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Forest

& Paper Association, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (3/24) S&P 500 496.76 493.15 6.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/24) 8.10% 8.04% 8.1

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/24) 114.3 114.0 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (3/17) NA 318 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/15) billions $468.5 $468.1 10.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/13) billions $3,590.1 $3,583.1 1.2

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(3/11) thous. 343 338 -0.6

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 (3/29) $/troy oz. 383.000 382.250 -1.5

STEEL SCRAP (3/28) #1 heavy, $/ton 137.50 137.50 -1.4

COPPER (3/25) cents/lb. 145.2 143.7 52.9

ALUMINUM (3/25) cents/lb. 87.0 88.5 37.4

COTTON (3/25) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 104.69 108.62 44.9

OIL (3/28) $/bbl. 18.93 18.43 31.5

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (3/28) 6.10% 5.97% 3.49%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/29) 3-month 6.15 6.14 3.88

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (3/29) 3-month 6.17 6.12 3.84

FIXED MORTGAGE (3/24) 30-year 8.63 8.62 7.90

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (3/24) one-year 6.40 6.55 4.68

PRIME (3/29) 9.00 9.00 6.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (3/29) 88.25 88.84 102.63

GERMAN MARK (3/29) 1.38 1.40 1.67

BRITISH POUND (3/29) 1.61 1.59 1.49

FRENCH FRANC (3/29) 4.87 4.98 5.70

ITALIAN LIRA (3/29) 1705.5 1714.5 1607.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/29) 1.40 1.40 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (3/29)3 6.795 7.210 3.357

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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