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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (5/6) thous. of net tons 1,953 1,995# 1.3

AUTOS (5/6) units 134,705 146,204r# -7.2

TRUCKS (5/6) units 117,639 120,635r# -3.7

ELECTRIC POWER (5/6)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 55,054 54,241# 2.5

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/6)

thous. of bbl./day 13,972 14,125# -2.2

COAL (4/29) thous. of net tons 20,135# 19,478 1.0

PAPERBOARD (4/29) thous. of tons 909.6# 928.1r 4.5

PAPER (4/29) thous. of tons 856.0# 856.0r 7.8

LUMBER (4/29) millions of ft. 436.8# 418.5 -2.0

RAIL FREIGHT (4/29)

billions of ton-miles 24.4# 23.7 4.7

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 (5/5) S&P 500 518.05 513.18 14.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/5) 7.91% 8.00% -0.8

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/5) 115.1 115.1 NA *

BUSINESS FAILURES (4/28) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/26) billions $475.3 $474.3r 11.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/24) billions $3,612.0 $3,601.7r 1.8

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(4/22) thous. 351 341 5.4

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 (5/10) $/troy oz. 383.200 388.700 1.4

STEEL SCRAP (5/9) #1 heavy, $/ton 142.50 137.50 10.9

COPPER (5/6) cents/lb. 129.0 132.5 32.9

ALUMINUM (5/6) cents/lb. 86.5 89.4 37.3

COTTON (5/6) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 105.56 107.65 31.6

OIL (5/9) $/bbl. 19.64 20.13 10.0

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (5/9) 5.95% 6.01% 3.70%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/9) 3-month 6.04 6.12 4.73

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/10) 3-month 5.97 6.07 4.68

FIXED MORTGAGE (5/5) 30-year 8.45 8.46 8.68

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (5/5) one-year 6.24 6.24 5.30

PRIME (5/10) 9.00 9.00 6.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (5/10) 83.45 83.25 104.68

GERMAN MARK (5/10) 1.39 1.37 1.67

BRITISH POUND (5/10) 1.59 1.62 1.50

FRENCH FRANC (5/10) 4.87 4.90 5.74

ITALIAN LIRA (5/10) 1622.3 1664.5 1608.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/10) 1.36 1.36 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (5/10)3 5.875 5.840 3.320

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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