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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (12/9) thous. of net tons 1,882 1,934# -3.0

AUTOS (12/9) units 139,130 126,585r# -9.4

TRUCKS (12/9) units 124,444 125,160r# 2.2

ELECTRIC POWER (12/9)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 60,563 58,996# 3.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/9)

thous. of bbl./day 14,191 14,223# 3.0

COAL (12/2) thous. of net tons 19,966# 17,568 -5.8

PAPERBOARD (12/2) thous. of tons 830.3# 829.1r -6.0

PAPER (12/2) thous. of tons 789.0# 825.0r -10.0

LUMBER (12/2) millions of ft. 423.5# 273.0 5.6

RAIL FREIGHT (12/2)

billions of ton-miles 26.3# 21.1 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 (12/8) S&P 500 617.04 605.55 37.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/8) 6.81% 6.94% -19.6

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/8) 111.6 111.2 NA*

BUSINESS FAILURES (12/1) 462 389 20.3

REAL ESTATE LOANS (11/29) billions $502.0 $502.0r 9.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (11/27) billions $3,737.7 $3,729.2r 4.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(11/25) thous. 363 381r 14.9

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 (12/13) $/troy oz. 387.600 388.400 1.9

STEEL SCRAP (12/12) #1 heavy, $/ton 134.00 134.50 -6.6

COPPER (12/9) cents/lb. 135.5 137.6 -3.0

ALUMINUM (12/9) cents/lb. 77.8 78.5 -13.6

COTTON (12/9) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 84.13 83.66 4.4

OIL (12/12) $/bbl. 18.79 18.66 11.9

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (12/12) 5.69% 5.72% 5.48%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (12/12) 3-month 5.65 5.69 6.30

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(12/13) 3-month 5.67 5.67 6.30

FIXED MORTGAGE (12/8) 30-year 7.43 7.60 9.30

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (12/8) one-year 5.62 5.71 6.57

PRIME (12/13) 8.75 8.75 8.50

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (12/13) 101.71 101.42 100.28

GERMAN MARK (12/13) 1.45 1.44 1.57

BRITISH POUND (12/13) 1.53 1.54 1.56

FRENCH FRANC (12/13) 5.02 4.97 5.42

ITALIAN LIRA (12/13) 1599.3 1595.0 1632.1

CANADIAN DOLLAR (12/13) 1.37 1.37 1.39

MEXICAN PESO (12/13)3 7.745 7.655 3.450

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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