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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (5/20) thous. of net tons 1,986 2,016# 4.3

AUTOS (5/20) units 136,972 138,317r# -9.1

TRUCKS (5/20) units 121,410 119,218r# 1.2

ELECTRIC POWER (5/20) millions of kilowatt-hrs. NA 56,459# NA

CRUDE-OILREFINING (5/20) thous. of bbl./day 14,327 13,973# 2.4

COAL (5/13) thous. of net tons 19,232# 19,306 -3.9

PAPERBOARD (5/13) thous. of tons 884.3# 873.5r 3.3

PAPER (5/13) thous. of tons 846.0# 846.0 8.3

LUMBER (5/13) millions of ft. 424.7# 426.2 -7.4

RAIL FREIGHT (5/13) billions of ton-miles 23.6# 23.8 1.7

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotivereports, 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 (5/19) S&P 500 524.35 524.36 16.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/19) 7.60% 7.69% -3.7

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/19) 113.7 114.5 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (5/12) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (5/10) billions $477.8 $476.8r 11.1

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (5/8) billions $3,613.0 $3,615.5r 1.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (5/6) thous. 366 371 -3.9

Sources: Center for International Business Cycleresearch (CIBCR), Standard &

Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100), Dun & Bradstreet

(failures of large companies), Federalreserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally

adjusts data on business failures andreal estate loans. *Historical data

available from CIBCR.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (5/24) $/troy oz. 383.100 382.900 -0.7

STEEL SCRAP (5/23)#1 heavy, $/ton 142.50 142.50 13.1

COPPER (5/20) cents/lb. 130.3 129.0 20.9

ALUMINUM (5/20) cents/lb. 84.0 84.5 30.2

COTTON (5/20) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,

cents/lb. 103.04 102.31 31.3

OIL (5/23) $/bbl. 19.75 19.98 11.6

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

market, NYMEX

INTERESTRATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (5/23) 5.96% 6.01% 4.22%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/23) 3-month 6.06 6.06 4.55

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/24) 3-month 5.99 6.02 4.49

FIXED MORTGAGE (5/19) 30-year 8.10 8.10 8.65

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (5/19) one-year 6.15 6.11 5.60

PRIME (5/24) 9.00 9.00 7.25

Sources: Federalreserve, HSH Associates,reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (5/24) 87.28 86.61 104.65

GERMAN MARK (5/24) 1.44 1.44 1.65

BRITISH POUND (5/24) 1.58 1.57 1.51

FRENCH FRANC (5/24) 5.11 5.11 5.63

ITALIAN LIRA (5/24) 1672.3 1654.5 1594.1

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/24) 1.36 1.36 1.39

MEXICAN PESO (5/24)3 6.045 5.925 3.285

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 availabler=revised NM=Not

meaningful


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