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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (1/20) thous. of net tons 2,035 2,031# 1.9

AUTOS (1/20) units 102,985 96,550r# -9.1

TRUCKS (1/20) units 98,109 95,653r# 7.8

ELECTRIC POWER (1/20)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 62,943 67,271# 6.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/20)

thous. of bbl./day 13,772 13,597# 1.6

COAL (1/13) thous. of net tons 17,149# 17,721 -18.6

PAPERBOARD (1/13) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

PAPER (1/13) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

LUMBER (1/13) millions of ft. 458.4# 313.1 -1.3

RAIL FREIGHT (1/13)

billions of ton-miles 22.2# 21.1 -8.3

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 (1/19) S&P 500 606.94 606.18 29.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/19) 6.80% 6.86% -19.4

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/19) 110.2 111.0 -4.1

BUSINESS FAILURES (1/12) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (1/10) billions $508.0 $503.7r 9.9

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/8) billions $3,755.8 $3,749.6r 4.7

INITIAL CLAIMS,

UNEMPLOYMENT (1/6) thous. 394 372 10.7

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 (1/24) $/troy oz. 402.500 397.700 5.3

STEEL SCRAP (1/23) #1 heavy, $/ton 144.50 144.50 -1.3

COPPER (1/20) cents/lb. 118.5 121.3 -18.6

ALUMINUM (1/20) cents/lb. 75.5 77.0 -24.9

COTTON (1/20) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 80.28 81.16 -9.2

OIL (1/23) $/bbl. 18.74 18.14 0.4

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (1/23) 5.44% 5.84% 5.42%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/24) 3-month 5.35 5.41 6.24

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (1/24) 3-month 5.36 5.39 6.22

FIXED MORTGAGE (1/19) 30-year 7.30 7.37 9.25

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (1/19) one-year 5.59 5.50 6.90

PRIME (1/24) 8.50 8.50 8.50

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (1/24) 106.81 105.42 99.47

GERMAN MARK (1/24) 1.48 1.46 1.51

BRITISH POUND (1/24) 1.51 1.53 1.59

FRENCH FRANC (1/24) 5.08 5.00 5.25

ITALIAN LIRA (1/24) 1591.5 1582.3 1603.0

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/24) 1.37 1.37 1.41

MEXICAN PESO (1/24)3 7.450 7.505 5.550

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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