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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (7/29) thous. of net tons 1,895 1,858# 6.6

AUTOS (7/29) units 103,328 97,941r# -9.4

TRUCKS (7/29) units 96,435 92,698r# -9.1

ELECTRIC POWER (7/29)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 77,971 73,314# 14.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (7/29)

thous. of bbl./day 14,270 14,372# 0.8

COAL (7/22) thous. of net tons 19,997# 19,201 3.2

PAPERBOARD (7/22) thous. of tons 909.2# 905.6r 7.3

PAPER (7/22) thous. of tons 828.0# 822.0r 4.7

LUMBER (7/22) millions of ft. 437.3# 413.8 -4.5

RAIL FREIGHT (7/22)

billions of ton-miles 24.0# 23.3 5.3

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 (7/28) S&P 500 561.50 555.86 23.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (7/28) 7.56% 7.48% -6.1

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (7/28) 113.5 115.0 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (7/21) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/19) billions $491.6 $491.5 12.4

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/17) billions $3,669.9 $3,669.5r 2.5

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(7/15) thous. 416 399 4.3

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 (8/2) $/troy oz. 382.650 386.000 0.0

STEEL SCRAP (8/1) #1 heavy, $/ton 140.50 140.50 19.6

COPPER (7/29) cents/lb. 137.4 141.3 18.7

ALUMINUM (7/29) cents/lb. 88.5 90.0 24.6

COTTON (7/29) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 88.33 91.47 19.1

OIL (8/1) $/bbl. 17.58 17.11 -12.5

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (8/1) 5.55% 5.73% 4.28%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/1) 3-month 5.80 5.81 4.71

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(8/2) 3-month 5.75 5.75 4.68

FIXED MORTGAGE (7/28) 30-year 8.06 7.95 8.76

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE

(7/28) one-year 5.94 5.95 5.59

PRIME (8/2) 8.75 8.75 7.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (8/2) 90.75 88.01 100.55

GERMAN MARK (8/2) 1.40 1.39 1.59

BRITISH POUND (8/2) 1.60 1.60 1.54

FRENCH FRANC (8/2) 4.82 4.82 5.44

ITALIAN LIRA (8/2) 1589.5 1595.5 1586.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/2) 1.36 1.36 1.39

MEXICAN PESO (8/2)3 6.140 6.105 3.374

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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