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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (4/22) thous. of net tons 2,031 1,970# 9.3

AUTOS (4/22) units 124,195 117,228r# -13.4

TRUCKS (4/22) units 102,564 93,397r# -17.6

ELECTRIC POWER (4/22)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 54,908 54,301# 3.4

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/22)

thous. of bbl./day 14,046 13,615# 0.5

COAL (4/15) thous. of net tons 19,620# 19,673 -7.6

PAPERBOARD (4/15) thous. of tons 913.7# 892.7r 8.7

PAPER (4/15) thous. of tons 860.0# 849.0r 6.0

LUMBER (4/15) millions of ft. 434.3# 425.4 -4.9

RAIL FREIGHT (4/15)

billions of ton-miles 23.2# 23.6 0.4

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 (4/21) S&P 500 506.04 507.24 13.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/21) 8.02% 8.04% 1.1

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/21) 114.9 114.7 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (4/14) 313 351 69.2

REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/12) billions $472.5 $471.7r 10.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/10) billions $3,606.4 $3,599.3r 1.2

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(4/8) thous. 347 342 -0.9

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 (4/26) $/troy oz. 388.900 395.550 4.3

STEEL SCRAP (4/25) #1 heavy, $/ton 137.50 137.50 0.0

COPPER (4/22) cents/lb. 137.2 141.5 49.7

ALUMINUM (4/22) cents/lb. 90.0 90.0 46.8

COTTON (4/22) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 106.12 106.76 36.6

OIL (4/25) $/bbl. 20.28 20.10 20.0

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (4/25) 5.97% 5.98% 3.59%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/26) 3-month 6.09 6.10 4.15

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (4/26) 3-month 6.08 6.11 4.12

FIXED MORTGAGE (4/21) 30-year 8.49 8.57 8.61

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/21) one-year 6.36 6.35 5.16

PRIME (4/26) 9.00 9.00 6.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (4/26) 83.97 81.23 101.20

GERMAN MARK (4/26) 1.38 1.36 1.66

BRITISH POUND (4/26) 1.61 1.62 1.51

FRENCH FRANC (4/26) 4.86 4.82 5.70

ITALIAN LIRA (4/26) 1707.6 1713.1 1595.8

CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/26) 1.36 1.37 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (4/26)3 5.825 6.165 3.327

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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