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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (10/21) thous. of net tons 1,834 1,852# -5.5

AUTOS (10/21) units 138,653 130,893r# -1.6

TRUCKS (10/21) units 126,427 119,237r# 3.0

ELECTRIC POWER (10/21)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 57,046 57,917# 1.7

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (10/21)

thous. of bbl./day 13,786 13,602# 0.7

COAL (10/14) thous. of net tons 20,675# 19,976 0.8

PAPERBOARD (10/14) thous. of tons 883.6# 868.9r 1.7

PAPER (10/14) thous. of tons 820.0# 828.0 -0.4

LUMBER (10/14) millions of ft. 464.7# 451.7 -3.2

RAIL FREIGHT (10/14)

billions of ton-miles 25.8# 24.9 3.6

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 (10/20) S&P 500 587.07 580.59 25.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (10/20) 7.08% 7.14% -17.1

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (10/20) 110.5 111.1 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (10/13) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/11) billions $501.7 $498.8r 11.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/9) billions $3,716.7 $3,722.0r 4.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(10/7) thous. 356 343r 8.2

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 (10/25) $/troy oz. 382.400 383.650 -1.9

STEEL SCRAP (10/24) #1 heavy, $/ton 140.50 140.50 5.2

COPPER (10/21) cents/lb. 129.4 131.1 6.0

ALUMINUM (10/21) cents/lb. 77.0 78.5 -9.4

COTTON (10/21) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 83.18 85.10 23.6

OIL (10/24) $/bbl. 17.58 17.64 0.5

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (10/24) 5.70% 5.66% 4.72%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (10/24) 3-month 5.82 5.81 5.55

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(10/25) 3-month 5.80 5.77 5.56

FIXED MORTGAGE (10/20) 30-year 7.69 7.72 9.01

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (10/20) one-year 5.85 5.79 5.87

PRIME (10/25) 8.75 8.75 7.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (10/25) 101.24 100.66 97.02

GERMAN MARK (10/25) 1.39 1.42 1.50

BRITISH POUND (10/25) 1.58 1.57 1.64

FRENCH FRANC (10/25) 4.90 4.99 5.13

ITALIAN LIRA (10/25) 1615.5 1603.1 1533.3

CANADIAN DOLLAR (10/25) 1.37 1.34 1.35

MEXICAN PESO (10/25)3 6.750 6.745 3.429

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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