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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (4/8) thous. of net tons 1,995 1,980 # 5.1

AUTOS (4/8) units 128,882 147,418r# 6.5

TRUCKS (4/8) units 117,118 119,651r# 13.5

ELECTRIC POWER (4/8)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 54,197 54,969# 3.4

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/8)

thous. of bbl./day 13,512 13,478# 2.8

COAL (4/1) thous. of net tons 20,953# 21,226 1.2

PAPERBOARD (4/1) thous. of tons 931.4# 923.4 4.6

PAPER (4/1) thous. of tons 859.0# 849.0r 5.9

LUMBER (4/1) millions of ft. 436.4# 449.9 -6.8

RAIL FREIGHT (4/1)

billions of ton-miles 24.4# 24.2 8.4

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 (4/7) S&P 500 505.04 502.63 13.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/7) 8.05% 8.08% 1.9

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/7) 114.0 113.9 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (3/31) 304 288 -4.7

REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/29) billions $470.1 $468.5 11.1

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/27) billions $3,604.9 $3,602.7r 1.5

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(3/25) thous. 338 348r 2.1

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 (4/12) $/troy oz. 390.050 392.050 2.2

STEEL SCRAP (4/11) #1 heavy, $/ton 137.50 137.50 0.0

COPPER (4/8) cents/lb. 143.3 145.1 57.8

ALUMINUM (4/8) cents/lb. 91.8 89.5 48.0

COTTON (4/8) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 99.59 97.42 36.6

OIL (4/11) $/bbl. 19.84 19.07 24.4

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (4/11) 5.91% 6.08% 3.37%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/12)

3-month 6.13 6.14 3.96

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (4/12)

3-month 6.12 6.13 3.90

FIXED MORTGAGE (4/7) 30-year 8.61 8.59 8.50

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/7) one-year 6.40 6.37 4.98

PRIME (4/12) 9.00 9.00 6.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (4/12) 83.88 86.30 103.92

GERMAN MARK (4/12) 1.40 1.38 1.71

BRITISH POUND (4/12) 1.59 1.61 1.47

FRENCH FRANC (4/12) 4.89 4.83 5.85

ITALIAN LIRA (4/12) 1723.8 1718.1 1635.0

CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/12) 1.38 1.39 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (4/12)3 6.175 6.465 3.364

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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