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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (6/24) thous. of net tons 1,947 1,973# 2.0

AUTOS (6/24) units 134,968 131,485r# -6.9

TRUCKS (6/24) units 117,585 117,385r# -0.9

ELECTRIC POWER (6/24)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 67,448 61,614# -2.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (6/24)

thous. of bbl./day 14,737 14,571# 2.7

COAL (6/17) thous. of net tons 18,661# 18,118 -2.9

PAPERBOARD (6/17) thous. of tons 938.3# 921.7r 6.8

PAPER (6/17) thous. of tons 813.0# 842.0 -2.4

LUMBER (6/17) millions of ft. 443.9# 441.6 -10.8

RAIL FREIGHT (6/17)

billions of ton-miles 23.4# 23.2 3.1

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 (6/23) S&P 500 546.99 536.07 21.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (6/23) 7.27% 7.37% -9.4

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (6/23) 114.5 113.8 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (6/16) 322 305 3.5

REAL ESTATE LOANS (6/14) billions $483.8 $483.9r 12.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (6/12) billions $3,651.5 $3,642.4r 2.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(6/10) thous. 375 375r 7.4

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 (6/28) $/troy oz. 388.250 390.700 0.1

STEEL SCRAP (6/27) #1 heavy, $/ton 140.50 140.50 26.0

COPPER (6/24) cents/lb. 145.7 140.2 25.1

ALUMINUM (6/24) cents/lb. 85.3 84.3 21.8

COTTON (6/24) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 106.66 107.31 39.5

OIL (6/27) $/bbl. 17.90 18.01 -5.0

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (6/27) 5.94% 6.01% 4.19%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (6/28) 3-month 5.93 5.96 4.70

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (6/28) 3-month 5.90 5.92 4.71

FIXED MORTGAGE (6/23) 30-year 7.74 7.82 8.65

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (6/23) one-year 5.84 5.98 5.45

PRIME (6/28) 9.00 9.00 7.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (6/28) 85.12 84.29 99.35

GERMAN MARK (6/28) 1.40 1.39 1.60

BRITISH POUND (6/28) 1.57 1.61 1.53

FRENCH FRANC (6/28) 4.91 4.89 5.50

ITALIAN LIRA (6/28) 1638.0 1636.0 1601.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (6/28) 1.38 1.38 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (6/28)3 6.290 6.250 3.387

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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