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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (9/9) thous. of net tons 1,984 1,949# 10.4

AUTOS (9/9) units 112,401 118,296r# 0.5

TRUCKS (9/9) units 99,189 105,651r# -4.7

ELECTRIC POWER (9/9)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 66,148 72,418# 10.5

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/9)

thous. of bbl./day 14,730 14,282# 2.3

COAL (9/2) thous. of net tons 20,705# 20,317 -1.2

PAPERBOARD (9/2) thous. of tons 837.7# 889.9r -6.5

PAPER (9/2) thous. of tons 847.0# 850.0r -0.9

LUMBER (9/2) millions of ft. 457.2# 465.9 -3.6

RAIL FREIGHT (9/2)

billions of ton-miles 25.7# 25.0 4.5

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 (9/9) S&P 500 570.58 561.14 21.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/9) 7.33% 7.39% -10.8

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/9) 113.5 114.3 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (9/1) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/30) billions $495.4 $494.7r 11.9

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/28) billions $3,709.8 $3,708.9r 3.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(8/26) thous. 349 348r 4.8

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 (9/13) $/troy oz. 384.900 380.050 -1.5

STEEL SCRAP (9/12)

#1 heavy, $/ton 143.50 146.50 6.7

COPPER (9/8) cents/lb. 136.2 137.3 12.3

ALUMINUM (9/8) cents/lb. 82.5 85.5 8.8

COTTON (9/8) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 88.56 90.55 22.1

OIL (9/12) $/bbl. 18.73 18.51 12.2

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (9/12) 5.65% 5.86% 4.70%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (9/13) 3-month 5.72 5.77 4.95

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(9/13) 3-month 5.71 5.75 4.96

FIXED MORTGAGE (9/8) 30-year 7.84 7.95 8.66

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE

(9/8) one-year 5.85 5.86 5.56

PRIME (9/13) 8.75 8.75 7.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (9/13) 102.59 98.74 99.23

GERMAN MARK (9/13) 1.50 1.48 1.55

BRITISH POUND (9/13) 1.55 1.55 1.56

FRENCH FRANC (9/13) 5.15 5.09 5.30

ITALIAN LIRA (9/13) 1617.0 1621.5 1563.8

CANADIAN DOLLAR (9/13) 1.35 1.34 1.35

MEXICAN PESO (9/13)3 6.285 6.240 3.406

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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