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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (8/5) thous. of net tons 1,906 1,895# 6.4

AUTOS (8/5) units 111,581 111,909r# 8.9

TRUCKS (8/5) units 101,272 107,569r# -10.6

ELECTRIC POWER (8/5) millions

of kilowatt-hrs. 77,113 77,971# 13.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/5)

thous. of bbl./day 14,460 14,270# 0.4

COAL (7/29) thous. of net tons 19,760# 19,997 -0.8

PAPERBOARD (7/29) thous. of tons 903.6# 909.2 4.3

PAPER (7/29) thous. of tons 852.0# 825.0r 5.6

LUMBER (7/29) millions of ft. 465.0# 437.3 -7.8

RAIL FREIGHT (7/29)

billions of ton-miles 24.5# 24.0 2.5

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 (8/4) S&P 500 559.64 561.50 21.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/4) 7.57% 7.56% -4.9

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/4) 113.7 113.5 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (7/28) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/26) billions $491.1 $491.6 12.5

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/24) billions $3,678.6 $3,669.2r 2.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(7/22) thous. 372 416 13.1

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 (8/9) $/troy oz. 384.400 382.650 1.7

STEEL SCRAP (8/8) #1 heavy, $/ton 142.50 140.50 4.4

COPPER (8/4) cents/lb. 141.0 137.4 26.2

ALUMINUM (8/4) cents/lb. 87.0 88.5 24.3

COTTON (8/4) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 83.43 88.33 17.0

OIL (8/8) $/bbl. 17.88 17.58 -5.6

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (8/8) 5.70% 5.55% 4.26%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/8) 3-month 5.80 5.80 4.82

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (8/9) 3-month 5.75 5.75 4.79

FIXED MORTGAGE (8/4) 30-year 8.04 8.06 8.57

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (8/4) one-year 5.90 5.94 5.54

PRIME (8/9) 8.75 8.75 7.25

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (8/9) 91.57 90.75 99.70

GERMAN MARK (8/9) 1.41 1.40 1.55

BRITISH POUND (8/9) 1.60 1.60 1.55

FRENCH FRANC (8/9) 4.87 4.82 5.33

ITALIAN LIRA (8/9) 1588.1 1589.5 1587.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/9) 1.36 1.36 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (8/9)3 6.145 6.140 3.397

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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