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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (7/15) thous. of net tons 1,926 1,919# 2.6

AUTOS (7/15) units 34,355 12,937r# -2.6

TRUCKS (7/15) units 13,616 16,890r# -9.9

ELECTRIC POWER (7/15)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 74,370 63,775# 8.2

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (7/15)

thous. of bbl./day 14,540 14,400# 1.0

COAL (7/8) thous. of net tons 15,563# 18,615 6.2

PAPERBOARD (7/8) thous. of tons 892.1# 926.8 4.3

PAPER (7/8) thous. of tons 825.0# 842.0r 10.0

LUMBER (7/8) millions of ft. 232.3# 411.4 -32.3

RAIL FREIGHT (7/8) billions

of ton-miles 19.5# 23.4 6.6

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 (7/14) S&P 500 558.75 551.18 24.3

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (7/14) 7.26% 7.29% -11.2

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS

PRICES (7/14) 115.5 115.0 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (7/7) 351 336 17.4

REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/5) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/3) billions $3,663.9 $3,663.9r 2.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(7/1) thous. 370 369 7.6

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 (7/19) $/troy oz. 390.450 386.700 1.3

STEEL SCRAP (7/18)

#1 heavy, $/ton 140.50 140.50 19.6

COPPER (7/15) cents/lb. 145.9 141.5 27.3

ALUMINUM (7/15) cents/lb. 87.0 85.0 17.6

COTTON (7/15) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 96.75 100.60 38.7

OIL (7/18) $/bbl. 17.34 17.25 -9.7

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (7/18) 5.67% 5.75% 4.30%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (7/19) 3-month 5.76 5.73 4.69

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(7/19) 3-month 5.73 5.73 4.65

FIXED MORTGAGE (7/14) 30-year 7.64 7.86 8.87

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (7/14)

one-year 5.78 5.86 5.61

PRIME (7/19) 8.75 8.75 7.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (7/19) 87.74 87.53 98.88

GERMAN MARK (7/19) 1.39 1.40 1.59

BRITISH POUND (7/19) 1.60 1.59 1.52

FRENCH FRANC (7/19) 4.83 4.88 5.45

ITALIAN LIRA (7/19) 1621.0 1619.0 1584.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (7/19) 1.36 1.35 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (7/19)3 6.050 6.110 3.400

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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