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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (11/11) thous. of net tons 1,895 1,863# 0.3

AUTOS (11/11) units 129,358 133,345r# -10.4

TRUCKS (11/11) units 116,949 123,249r# -5.6

ELECTRIC POWER (11/11)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 59,890 57,682# 6.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/11)

thous. of bbl./day 13,451 13,804# -1.0

COAL (11/4)

thous. of net tons 19,848# 19,161 -1.3

PAPERBOARD (11/4) thous. of tons 913.7# 873.0r 2.1

PAPER (11/4) thous. of tons 839.0# 829.0r -0.4

LUMBER (11/4) millions of ft. 436.2# 453.8 -11.3

RAIL FREIGHT (11/4)

billions of ton-miles 25.6# 25.4 2.4

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 (11/10) S&P 500 590.49 585.85 27.2

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/10) 7.04% 7.05% -19.5

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/10) 111.6 110.8 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (11/3) NA 302 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (11/1) billions $501.6 $499.7 10.7

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/30) billions $3,721.8 $3,719.2r 4.3

INITIAL CLAIMS,

UNEMPLOYMENT (10/28) thous. 366 358r 13.7

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 (11/15) $/troy oz. 385.300 384.800 -0.1

STEEL SCRAP (11/14) #1 heavy, $/ton 134.50 134.50 -2.9

COPPER (11/11) cents/lb. 140.8 135.0 9.5

ALUMINUM (11/11) cents/lb. 78.0 77.8 -13.3

COTTON (11/11) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 83.03 84.30 17.2

OIL (11/14) $/bbl. 17.90 17.60 1.9

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (11/14) 5.71% 5.65% 5.22%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/14) 3-month 5.74 5.75 5.82

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(11/15) 3-month 5.74 5.74 5.80

FIXED MORTGAGE (11/10) 30-year 7.63 7.69 9.33

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE

(11/10) one-year 5.69 5.78 6.33

PRIME (11/15) 8.75 8.75 7.96

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (11/15) 101.02 102.23 98.31

GERMAN MARK (11/15) 1.40 1.41 1.56

BRITISH POUND (11/15) 1.56 1.58 1.57

FRENCH FRANC (11/15) 4.84 4.88 5.34

ITALIAN LIRA (11/15) 1590.8 1588.5 1593.7

CANADIAN DOLLAR (11/15) 1.36 1.35 1.37

MEXICAN PESO (11/15)3 8.000 7.625 3.442

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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