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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (1/13) thous. of net tons 2,031 1,951# 0.1

AUTOS (1/13) units 91,707 78,893r# -29.8

TRUCKS (1/13) units 71,869 81,322r# -30.2

ELECTRIC POWER (1/13)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 67,271 62,656# 11.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/13)

thous. of bbl./day 13,597 13,981# -1.8

COAL (1/6) thous. of net tons 17,777# 14,785 3.3

PAPERBOARD (1/6) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

PAPER (1/6) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

LUMBER (1/6) millions of ft. 313.1# 213.8 -14.1

RAIL FREIGHT (1/6)

billions of ton-miles 21.1# 18.4 3.4

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 (1/12) S&P 500 606.18 619.12 31.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/12) 6.86% 6.75% -18.9

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/12) 111.0 111.6 -2.8

BUSINESS FAILURES (1/5) NA 603 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (1/3) billions NA $500.7 NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/1) billions $3,751.0 $3,748.7 4.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(12/30) thous. NA NA 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 (1/17) $/troy oz. 397.700 400.000 4.7

STEEL SCRAP (1/16) #1 heavy, $/ton 144.50 139.50 -1.3

COPPER (1/13) cents/lb. 121.3 126.2 -15.8

ALUMINUM (1/13) cents/lb. 77.0 79.3 -21.4

COTTON (1/13) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 81.16 80.49 -7.1

OIL (1/16) $/bbl. 18.14 19.95 -1.1

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (1/16) 5.84% 5.28% 5.45%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/17) 3-month 5.41 5.45 6.17

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(1/17) 3-month 5.39 5.44 6.22

FIXED MORTGAGE (1/12) 30-year 7.37 7.30 9.35

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (1/12) one-year 5.50 5.56 6.88

PRIME (1/17) 8.50 8.50 8.50

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (1/17) 105.42 105.21 99.28

GERMAN MARK (1/17) 1.46 1.44 1.51

BRITISH POUND (1/17) 1.53 1.55 1.59

FRENCH FRANC (1/17) 5.00 4.93 5.25

ITALIAN LIRA (1/17) 1582.3 1572.0 1595.0

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/17) 1.37 1.36 1.42

MEXICAN PESO (1/17)3 7.505 7.525 5.475

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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