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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (7/8) thous. of net tons 1,919 1,859# 1.3

AUTOS (7/8) units 11,924 124,295r# -43.9

TRUCKS (7/8) units 20,070 120,702r# -12.9

ELECTRIC POWER (7/8) millions of

kilowatt-hrs. 63,775 66,514# -7.0

CRUDE-OILREFINING (7/8) thous. of

bbl./day 14,400 14,570# 1.4

COAL (7/1) thous. of net tons 18,615# 20,064 -0.1

PAPERBOARD (7/1) thous. of tons 926.8# 941.2r 4.1

PAPER (7/1) thous. of tons 842.0# 833.0r 1.7

LUMBER (7/1) millions of ft. 411.4# 423.7 -10.9

RAIL FREIGHT (7/1) billions of

ton-miles 23.4# 23.7 3.5

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotivereports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Forest

& Paper Association, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of Americanrailroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (7/7) S&P 500 551.18 543.98 23.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (7/7) 7.29% 7.29% -10.9

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (7/7) 115.0 115.3 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (6/30) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (6/28) billions $485.8 $485.0 12.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (6/26) billions $3,663.5 $3,660.5r 2.6

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (6/24)

thous. 369 396 4.5

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 (7/12) $/troy oz. 386.700 384.250 0.5

STEEL SCRAP (7/11)#1 heavy, $/ton 140.50 140.50 20.6

COPPER (7/8) cents/lb. 141.5 142.5 23.8

ALUMINUM (7/8) cents/lb. 85.0 84.5 17.2

COTTON (7/8) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 100.60 105.38 40.8

OIL (7/11) $/bbl. 17.25 17.40 -6.0

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (7/11) 5.75% 5.89% 4.30%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (7/12) 3-month 5.73 5.94 4.80

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (7/12) 3-month 5.73 5.88 4.78

FIXED MORTGAGE (7/7) 30-year 7.86 7.80 8.81

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (7/7) one-year 5.86 5.83 5.55

PRIME (7/12) 8.75 9.00 7.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (7/12) 87.53 84.96 97.99

GERMAN MARK (7/12) 1.40 1.38 1.55

BRITISH POUND (7/12) 1.59 1.59 1.56

FRENCH FRANC (7/12) 4.88 4.84 5.33

ITALIAN LIRA (7/12) 1619.0 1622.9 1544.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (7/12) 1.35 1.37 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (7/12)3 6.110 6.240 3.398

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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