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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (11/4) thous. of net tons 1,863 1,926# -1.5

AUTOS (11/4) units 132,240 131,242r# -1.6

TRUCKS (11/4) units 121,072 115,940r# -2.8

ELECTRIC POWER (11/4)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 57,682 57,049# 3.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/4)

thous. of bbl./day 13,804 13,919# 1.0

COAL (10/28) thous. of net tons 19,161# 20,410 -5.5

PAPERBOARD (10/28) thous. of tons 872.1# 899.3r -4.6

PAPER (10/28) thous. of tons 832.0# 832.0r -0.2

LUMBER (10/28) millions of ft. 453.8# 467.3 -7.7

RAIL FREIGHT (10/28)

billions of ton-miles 25.4# 25.6 -0.4

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 (11/3) S&P 500 585.85 582.10 25.3

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/3) 7.05% 7.10% -18.8

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/3) 110.8 110.8 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (10/27) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/25) billions $499.7 $500.1 11.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/23) billions $3,719.1 $3,721.7r 4.1

INITIAL CLAIMS,

UNEMPLOYMENT (10/21) thous. 359 359 10.8

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 (11/8) $/troy oz. 384.800 381.950 0.3

STEEL SCRAP (11/7) #1 heavy, $/ton 134.50 138.50 0.7

COPPER (11/4) cents/lb. 135.0 131.5 3.7

ALUMINUM (11/4) cents/lb. 77.8 77.0 -14.5

COTTON (11/4) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 84.30 83.09 20.8

OIL (11/7) $/bbl. 17.60 17.67 -4.6

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (11/7) 5.65% 5.97% 4.74%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/7) 3-month 5.75 5.81 5.74

CERTIFICATES OF

DEPOSIT (11/8) 3-month 5.74 5.78 5.72

FIXED MORTGAGE (11/6) 30-year 7.69 7.70 9.31

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE

(11/6) one-year 5.78 5.76 6.24

PRIME (11/8) 8.75 8.75 7.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (11/8) 102.23 102.85 97.65

GERMAN MARK (11/8) 1.41 1.42 1.53

BRITISH POUND (11/8) 1.58 1.58 1.60

FRENCH FRANC (11/8) 4.88 4.90 5.25

ITALIAN LIRA (11/8) 1588.5 1596.1 1565.8

CANADIAN DOLLAR (11/8) 1.35 1.35 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (11/8)3 7.625 7.205 3.424

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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