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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (9/30) thous. of net tons 1,934 1,955# 1.4

AUTOS (9/30) units 139,170 132,228r# 16.4

TRUCKS (9/30) units 125,337 117,406r# 10.5

ELECTRIC POWER (9/30) millions of kilowatt-hrs. 58,979 61,631# 1.8

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/30) thous. of bbl./day 14,280 14,298# 1.5

COAL (9/23) thous. of net tons 20,650# 20,842 3.2

PAPERBOARD (9/23) thous. of tons 858.9 867.6r -4.6

PAPER (9/23) thous. of tons 843.0 835.0r 1.7

LUMBER (9/23) millions of ft. 477.7# 475.1 -3.9

RAIL FREIGHT (9/23) billions of ton-miles 25.3# 25.6 5.0

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 (9/30) S&P 500 582.91 583.69 26.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/30) 7.33 % 7.31 % -13.6

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/30) 112.2 112.8 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (9/22) 313 307 -1.3

REAL ESTATE LOANS (9/20) billions $497.0 $499.3 11.7

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (9/18) billions $3,717.8 $3,713.2r 4.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (9/16) thous. 366 364 14.0

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 (10/4) $/troy oz. 382.500 383.750 -2.9

STEEL SCRAP (10/3) #1 heavy, $/ton 143.50 143.50 7.5

COPPER (9/29) cents/lb. 136.7 135.6 8.5

ALUMINUM (9/29) cents/lb. 82.0 82.0 3.8

COTTON (9/29) strict low middling 88.65 92.53 28.8

1-1/16 in., cents/lb.

OIL (10/3) $/bbl. 17.57 17.33 -0.7

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

market, NYMEX

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (10/4) 101.17 100.15 99.94

GERMAN MARK (10/4) 1.44 1.43 1.54

BRITISH POUND (10/4) 1.58 1.57 1.59

FRENCH FRANC (10/4) 4.96 4.92 5.27

ITALIAN LIRA (10/4) 1613.3 1605.5 1570.4

CANADIAN DOLLAR (10/4) 1.33 1.35 1.35

MEXICAN PESO (10/4)3 6.535 6.395 3.417

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar,

except for British pound in dollars

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (10/3) 5.75% 5.73% 5.07%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (10/3) 3-month 5.81 5.76 5.49

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (10/4) 3-month 5.78 5.78 5.51

FIXED MORTGAGE (9/29) 30-year 7.89 7.82 8.91

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (9/29) one-year 5.79 5.80 5.69

PRIME (10/4) 8.75 8.75 7.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

#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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