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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (12/23) thous. of net tons NA 1,798# NA

AUTOS (12/23) units 133,174 141,894r# -5.4

TRUCKS (12/23) units 112,949 122,358r# 4.1

ELECTRIC POWER (12/23)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. NA 64,899# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/23)

thous. of bbl./day NA 13,892# NA

COAL (12/16) thous. of net tons 19,793# 19,438 -2.7

PAPERBOARD (12/16) thous. of tons NA# 828.3 NA

PAPER (12/16) thous. of tons NA# 800.0 NA

LUMBER (12/16) millions of ft. 404.4# 442.4 -19.1

RAIL FREIGHT (12/16)

billions of ton-miles 24.6# 25.1 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 (12/22) S&P 500 609.42 618.65 32.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/22) 6.88% 6.83% -18.6

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/22) 111.4 112.3 -0.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (12/15) NA 333 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/13) billions $503.4 $503.9r 9.4

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/11) billions $3,735.7 $3,735.0r 4.5

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(12/9) thous. 341 378 4.0

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.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (12/27) $/troy oz. 387.050 387.600 1.4

STEEL SCRAP (12/26) #1 heavy, $/ton 134.00 134.00 -6.6

COPPER (12/23) cents/lb. 134.2 139.1 -4.4

ALUMINUM (12/23) cents/lb. 79.0 79.0 -13.2

COTTON (12/23) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 80.35 83.84 -2.2

OIL (12/26) $/bbl. 19.26 19.12 9.2

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (12/26) 5.50% 5.90% 5.60%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (12/26) 3-month 5.62 5.61 6.31

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(12/27) 3-month 5.55 5.67 6.37

FIXED MORTGAGE (12/22) 30-year 7.46 7.45 9.34

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (12/22) one-year 5.60 5.70 6.73

PRIME (12/27) 8.50 8.50 8.50

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (12/27) 102.81 102.34 100.32

GERMAN MARK (12/27) 1.43 1.44 1.57

BRITISH POUND (12/27) 1.56 1.54 1.54

FRENCH FRANC (12/27) 4.89 4.95 5.43

ITALIAN LIRA (12/27) 1579.5 1589.8 1642.8

CANADIAN DOLLAR (12/27) 1.36 1.36 1.40

MEXICAN PESO (12/27)3 7.635 7.560 4.975

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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