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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (9/2) thous. of net tons 1,949 1,904# 3.2

AUTOS (9/2) units 115,982 119,684r# -9.2

TRUCKS (9/2) units 113,277 118,137r# -2.0

ELECTRIC POWER (9/2)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. NA 73,896# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/2)

thous. of bbl./day NA 14,183# NA

COAL (8/26) thous. of net tons 20,317# 19,873 -3.3

PAPERBOARD (8/26) thous. of tons 890.4# 879.7r -0.8

PAPER (8/26) thous. of tons 851.0# 833.0r 0.2

LUMBER (8/26) millions of ft. 465.9# 452.1 -2.4

RAIL FREIGHT (8/26)

billions of ton-miles 25.0# 24.4 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 (9/2) S&P 500 561.14 558.47 18.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/2) 7.39% 7.60% -8.7

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/2) 114.3 114.9 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (8/25) NA 283 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/23) billions $494.6 $493.5 12.3

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/21) billions $3,708.2 $3,699.3 3.6

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(8/19) thous. 349 338 8.0

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 (9/6) $/troy oz. 380.050 381.650 -1.7

STEEL SCRAP (9/5) #1 heavy, $/ton 146.50 146.50 8.9

COPPER (9/1) cents/lb. 137.3 142.5 15.3

ALUMINUM (9/1) cents/lb. 85.5 88.0 15.5

COTTON (9/1) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 90.55 89.77 27.0

OIL (9/5) $/bbl. 18.51 17.92 4.0

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (9/5) 5.86% 5.48% 4.74%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (9/5) 3-month 5.77 5.80 4.92

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(9/6) 3-month 5.75 5.76 4.89

FIXED MORTGAGE (9/1) 30-year 7.95 8.10 8.63

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (9/1) one-year 5.86 5.92 5.58

PRIME (9/6) 8.75 8.75 7.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (9/6) 98.74 98.80 99.45

GERMAN MARK (9/6) 1.48 1.48 1.56

BRITISH POUND (9/6) 1.55 1.54 1.54

FRENCH FRANC (9/6) 5.09 5.07 5.34

ITALIAN LIRA (9/6) 1621.5 1626.4 1588.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (9/6) 1.34 1.34 1.37

MEXICAN PESO (9/6)3 6.240 6.298 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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