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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (12/30) thous. of net tons 1,818 1,786# -8.8

AUTOS (12/30) units 0 138,600r# NM

TRUCKS (12/30) units 0 112,900r# NM

ELECTRIC POWER (12/30)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. NA 63,113# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/30)

thous. of bbl./day NA 13,863# NA

COAL (12/23) thous. of net tons 19,239# 19,793 -5.4

PAPERBOARD (12/23) thous. of tons NA# 858.3r NA

PAPER (12/23) thous. of tons NA# 817.0r NA

LUMBER (12/23) millions of ft. 423.0# 404.4 12.0

RAIL FREIGHT (12/23)

billions of ton-miles 24.4# 24.6 3.0

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 (12/29) S&P 500 614.72 609.42 33.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/29) 6.76% 6.87%r -19.8

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/29) 111.4 111.4 -1.7

BUSINESS FAILURES (12/22) NA 343r NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/20) billions $502.3 $503.3r 8.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/18) billions $3,744.5 $3,736.1r 4.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(12/16) thous. NA 341 NA

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 (1/3) $/troy oz. 393.400 387.050 3.3

STEEL SCRAP (1/2) #1 heavy, $/ton 135.00 134.00 -6.3

COPPER (12/30) cents/lb. 130.6 134.2 -8.3

ALUMINUM (12/30) cents/lb. 79.8 79.0 -15.1

COTTON (12/30) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 79.47 80.35 -7.9

OIL (1/2) $/bbl. 19.81 19.26 13.7

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (1/2) 6.06% 5.50% 5.98%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/2) 3-month 5.50 5.62 6.32

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(1/3) 3-month 5.44 5.55 6.36

FIXED MORTGAGE (12/29) 30-year 7.40 7.46 9.18

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE

(12/29) one-year 5.63 5.60 7.38

PRIME (1/3) 8.50 8.50 8.50

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (1/3) 104.42 102.81 101.05

GERMAN MARK (1/3) 1.44 1.43 1.55

BRITISH POUND (1/3) 1.55 1.56 1.56

FRENCH FRANC (1/3) 4.92 4.89 5.35

ITALIAN LIRA (1/3) 1572.6 1579.5 1623.3

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/3) 1.35 1.36 1.40

MEXICAN PESO (1/3)3 7.575 7.635 5.400

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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