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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (8/19) thous. of net tons 1,873 1,922# 3.6

AUTOS (8/19) units 95,717 103,549r# -24.5

TRUCKS (8/19) units 112,079 107,665r# -8.4

ELECTRIC POWER (8/19)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 79,332 74,474# 16.7

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/19)

thous. of bbl./day 14,157 14,236# -1.4

COAL (8/12) thous. of net tons 19,853# 18,505 -2.6

PAPERBOARD (8/12) thous. of tons 902.4# 906.8r 2.9

PAPER (8/12) thous. of tons 847.0# 852.0r 0.4

LUMBER (8/12) millions of ft. 438.7# 435.1 -8.2

RAIL FREIGHT (8/12)

billions of ton-miles 24.2# 23.6 0.8

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 (8/18) S&P 500 559.31 558.54 20.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/18) 7.64% 7.58% -5.3

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/18) 113.8 114.0 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (8/11) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/9) billions $493.2 $491.6r 12.0

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/7) billions $3,695.7 $3,687.0r 3.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(8/5) thous. 332 321 2.2

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 (8/23) $/troy oz. 382.750 382.000 0.2

STEEL SCRAP (8/22) #1 heavy, $/ton 146.50 146.50 8.9

COPPER (8/18) cents/lb. 143.4 140.1 27.0

ALUMINUM (8/18) cents/lb. 88.8 88.5 25.0

COTTON (8/18) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 84.99 81.68 24.9

OIL (8/22) $/bbl. 18.54 17.42 5.9

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (8/22) 5.68% 5.90% 4.66%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/22) 3-month 5.83 5.86 4.90

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (8/23) 3-month 5.78 5.80 4.87

FIXED MORTGAGE (8/18) 30-year 8.20 8.02 8.69

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (8/18) one-year 6.05 5.91 5.66

PRIME (8/23) 8.75 8.75 7.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (8/23) 96.36 97.75 99.36

GERMAN MARK (8/23) 1.48 1.48 1.54

BRITISH POUND (8/23) 1.54 1.55 1.56

FRENCH FRANC (8/23) 5.07 5.06 5.29

ITALIAN LIRA (8/23) 1617.5 1623.5 1571.3

CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/23) 1.36 1.36 1.37

MEXICAN PESO (8/23)3 6.270 6.165 3.355

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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