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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (7/22) thous. of net tons 1,858 1,926# 1.7

AUTOS (7/22) units 103,724 39,936r# -4.5

TRUCKS (7/22) units 91,662 14,573r# -5.1

ELECTRIC POWER (7/22) millions

of kilowatt-hrs. 73,314 74,370# 2.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (7/22)

thous. of bbl./day 14,372 14,540# 0.9

COAL (7/15) thous. of net tons 19,201# 15,563 9.4

PAPERBOARD (7/15) thous. of tons 892.3# 879.9r 2.4

PAPER (7/15) thous. of tons 820.0# 831.0r 2.8

LUMBER (7/15) millions of ft. 413.8# 232.3 -7.9

RAIL FREIGHT (7/15)

billions of ton-miles 23.3# 19.5 7.9

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 (7/21) S&P 500 555.86 558.75 22.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (7/21) 7.48% 7.26% -7.2

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (7/21) 115.0 115.5 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (7/14) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/12) billions $491.5 $489.4r 12.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/10) billions $3,670.0 $3,664.8r 2.5

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(7/8) thous. 399 367r 9.3

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 (7/26) $/troy oz. 386.000 390.450 0.0

STEEL SCRAP (7/25) #1 heavy, $/ton 140.50 140.50 19.6

COPPER (7/22) cents/lb. 141.3 145.9 19.6

ALUMINUM (7/22) cents/lb. 90.0 87.0 23.3

COTTON (7/22) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 91.47 96.75 27.3

OIL (7/25) $/bbl. 17.11 17.34 -12.0

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (7/25) 5.73% 5.67% 4.28%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (7/25) 3-month 5.81 5.76 4.73

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (7/26) 3-month 5.75 5.73 4.70

FIXED MORTGAGE (7/21) 30-year 7.95 7.64 8.71

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (7/21) one-year 5.95 5.78 5.63

PRIME (7/26) 8.75 8.75 7.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (7/26) 88.01 87.74 100.35

GERMAN MARK (7/26) 1.39 1.39 1.59

BRITISH POUND (7/26) 1.60 1.60 1.53

FRENCH FRANC (7/26) 4.82 4.83 5.44

ITALIAN LIRA (7/26) 1595.5 1621.0 1597.6

CANADIAN DOLLAR (7/26) 1.36 1.36 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (7/26)3 6.105 6.050 3.396

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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