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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (4/29) thous. of net tons 1,995 2,031# 2.6

AUTOS (4/29) units 146,219 127,908r# -1.9

TRUCKS (4/29) units 114,489 103,432r# -3.4

ELECTRIC POWER (4/29)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 54,241 54,908# -0.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/29)

thous. of bbl./day 14,125 14,046# 0.4

COAL (4/22) thous. of net tons 19,478# 19,620 -9.2

PAPERBOARD (4/22) thous. of tons 927.0# 927.9r 8.1

PAPER (4/22) thous. of tons 852.0# 859.0r 8.0

LUMBER (4/22) millions of ft. 418.5# 434.3 -6.2

RAIL FREIGHT (4/22)

billions of ton-miles 23.7# 23.2 2.2

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 (4/28) S&P 500 513.18 506.04 13.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/28) 8.00% 8.02% 2.4

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/28) 115.1 114.9 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (4/21) NA 313 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/19) billions $473.5 $472.5 11.1

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/17) billions $3,602.6 $3,606.5r 1.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(4/15) thous. 341 344r -6.3

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 (5/3) $/troy oz. 388.700 388.900 3.7

STEEL SCRAP (5/2) #1 heavy, $/ton 137.50 137.50 1.9

COPPER (4/29) cents/lb. 132.5 137.2 41.1

ALUMINUM (4/29) cents/lb. 89.4 90.0 45.8

COTTON (4/29) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 107.65 106.12 37.3

OIL (5/2) $/bbl. 20.13 20.28 19.5

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (5/2) 6.01% 5.97% 3.76%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/3) 3-month 6.12 6.09 4.38

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/3) 3-month 6.07 6.08 4.35

FIXED MORTGAGE (4/28) 30-year 8.46 8.49 8.48

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/28) one-year 6.24 6.36 5.21

PRIME (5/3) 9.00 9.00 6.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (5/3) 83.25 83.97 102.75

GERMAN MARK (5/3) 1.37 1.38 1.67

BRITISH POUND (5/3) 1.62 1.61 1.50

FRENCH FRANC (5/3) 4.90 4.86 5.72

ITALIAN LIRA (5/3) 1664.5 1707.6 1604.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/3) 1.36 1.36 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (5/3)3 5.840 5.825 3.300

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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