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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (12/2) thous. of net tons 1,934 1,886# -3.3

AUTOS (12/2) units 124,055 82,062r# -15.7

TRUCKS (12/2) units 116,912 68,977r# -5.0

ELECTRIC POWER (12/2)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 58,996 57,288# 1.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/2)

thous. of bbl./day 14,223 13,875# 0.3

COAL (11/25) thous. of net tons 17,568# 19,450 -2.1

PAPERBOARD (11/25) thous. of tons 827.3# 818.1r -8.6

PAPER (11/25) thous. of tons 806.0# 797.0r -5.6

LUMBER (11/25) millions of ft. 273.0# 422.2 -14.7

RAIL FREIGHT (11/25)

billions of ton-miles 21.1# 25.2 2.9

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 (12/1) S&P 500 605.55 598.86 33.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/1) 6.94% 7.03% -19.0

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/1) 111.2 111.8 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (11/24) NA 322 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (11/22) billions $501.8 $503.1r 10.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (11/20) billions $3,729.6 $3,718.4r 4.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(11/18) thous. 379 370 15.5

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 (12/6) $/troy oz. 388.400 388.500 2.8

STEEL SCRAP (12/5) #1 heavy, $/ton 134.50 134.50 -3.9

COPPER (12/2) cents/lb. 137.6 142.7 -2.0

ALUMINUM (12/2) cents/lb. 78.5 77.5 -15.1

COTTON (12/2) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 83.66 85.18 8.5

OIL (12/5) $/bbl. 18.66 18.28 10.2

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (12/5) 5.72% 5.69% 5.47%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (12/5) 3-month 5.69 5.73 6.26

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(12/5) 3-month 5.67 5.73 6.28

FIXED MORTGAGE (12/1) 30-year 7.60 7.64 9.36

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (12/1) one-year 5.71 5.68 6.47

PRIME (12/6) 8.75 8.75 8.50

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (12/6) 101.42 101.60 100.45

GERMAN MARK (12/6) 1.44 1.44 1.58

BRITISH POUND (12/6) 1.54 1.53 1.56

FRENCH FRANC (12/6) 4.97 4.93 5.43

ITALIAN LIRA (12/6) 1595.0 1595.7 1631.7

CANADIAN DOLLAR (12/6) 1.37 1.36 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (12/6)3 7.655 7.465 3.439

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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