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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (6/17) thous. of net tons 1,973 1,924# 3.0

AUTOS (6/17) units 130,346 139,227r# -4.7

TRUCKS (6/17) units 115,968 116,400r# 2.5

ELECTRIC POWER (6/17)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 61,614 64,146# -10.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (6/17)

thous. of bbl./day 14,571 14,618# 3.1

COAL (6/10) thous. of net tons 18,118# 18,037 -8.4

PAPERBOARD (6/10) thous. of tons 925.4# 934.5r 3.1

PAPER (6/10) thous. of tons 842.0# 850.0r -0.8

LUMBER (6/10) millions of ft. 441.6# 345.0 -8.3

RAIL FREIGHT (6/10)

billions of ton-miles 23.2# 21.3 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 (6/16) S&P 500 536.07 532.91 16.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (6/16) 7.37% 7.28% -7.2

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (6/16) 113.8 113.5 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (6/9) 305 399 4.8

REAL ESTATE LOANS (6/7) billions $484.0 $491.5r 12.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (6/5) billions $3,624.4 $3,632.3r 1.5

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(6/3) thous. 376 379 4.7

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 (6/21) $/troy oz. 390.700 387.750 0.3

STEEL SCRAP (6/20) #1 heavy, $/ton 140.50 140.50 26.0

COPPER (6/17) cents/lb. 140.2 137.3 22.2

ALUMINUM (6/17) cents/lb. 84.3 85.0 23.9

COTTON (6/17) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 107.31 107.80 37.0

OIL (6/20) $/bbl. 18.01 18.88 -8.8

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (6/20) 6.01% 5.97% 4.19%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (6/20) 3-month 5.96 5.93 4.56

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (6/21) 3-month 5.92 5.90 4.52

FIXED MORTGAGE (6/16) 30-year 7.82 7.75 8.53

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (6/16) one-year 5.98 5.81 5.49

PRIME (6/21) 9.00 9.00 7.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (6/21) 84.29 84.32 100.15

GERMAN MARK (6/21) 1.39 1.40 1.59

BRITISH POUND (6/21) 1.61 1.61 1.55

FRENCH FRANC (6/21) 4.89 4.91 5.54

ITALIAN LIRA (6/21) 1636.0 1640.5 1570.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (6/21) 1.38 1.38 1.39

MEXICAN PESO (6/21)3 6.250 6.175 3.376

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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