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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (5/13) thous. of net tons 2,016 1,953# 5.1

AUTOS (5/13) units 141,974 135,128r# -4.2

TRUCKS (5/13) units 118,532 119,862r# -1.7

ELECTRIC POWER (5/13)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 56,459 55,054# 3.1

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/13)

thous. of bbl./day 13,973 13,972# -2.1

COAL (5/6) thous. of net tons 19,306# 20,135 -2.9

PAPERBOARD (5/6) thous. of tons 894.7# 904.6r 6.2

PAPER (5/6) thous. of tons 846.0# 850.0r 7.0

LUMBER (5/6) millions of ft. 426.2# 436.8 -1.9

RAIL FREIGHT (5/6)

billions of ton-miles 23.8# 24.4 2.6

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 (5/12) S&P 500 524.36 518.05 18.2

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/12) 7.69% 7.91% -5.3

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/12) 114.5 115.1 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (5/5) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (5/3) billions $477.0 $475.3 11.4

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (5/1) billions $3,616.7 $3,612.3r 2.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (4/29) thous. 371 351 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 (5/17) $/troy oz. 382.900 383.200 0.6

STEEL SCRAP (5/16) #1 heavy, $/ton 142.50 142.50 13.1

COPPER (5/13) cents/lb. 129.0 129.0 25.7

ALUMINUM (5/13) cents/lb. 84.5 86.5 34.1

COTTON (5/13) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 102.31 105.56 31.8

OIL (5/16) $/bbl. 19.98 19.64 11.0

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (5/16) 6.01% 5.95% 4.02%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/16) 3-month 6.06 6.04 4.61

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/17) 3-month 6.02 5.97 4.53

FIXED MORTGAGE (5/12) 30-year 8.10 8.45 8.90

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (5/12) one-year 6.11 6.24 5.53

PRIME (5/17) 9.00 9.00 6.88

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (5/17) 86.61 83.45 104.35

GERMAN MARK (5/17) 1.44 1.39 1.65

BRITISH POUND (5/17) 1.57 1.59 1.51

FRENCH FRANC (5/17) 5.11 4.87 5.66

ITALIAN LIRA (5/17) 1654.5 1622.3 1583.0

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/17) 1.36 1.36 1.37

MEXICAN PESO (5/17)3 5.925 5.875 3.310

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 compmnents (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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