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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (2/24) thous. of net tons 2,085 2,085# 2.0

AUTOS (2/24) units 134,693 121,298r# -8.1

TRUCKS (2/24) units 125,930 121,431r# 6.5

ELECTRIC POWER (2/24)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 59,905 62,780# 3.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/24)

thous. of bbl./day 13,533 13,528# 1.5

COAL (2/17) thous. of net tons 21,641# 17,955 2.9

PAPERBOARD (2/17) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

PAPER (2/17) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

LUMBER (2/17) millions of ft. 435.5# 404.8 -0.5

RAIL FREIGHT (2/17)

billions of ton-miles 25.2# 22.5 2.9

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 (2/23) S&P 500 651.67 655.37 34.2

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/23) 7.13% 6.86% -13.4

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/23) 110.8 109.9 -2.0

BUSINESS FAILURES (2/16) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/14) billions NA $507.1r NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/12) billions $3,658.1 $3,653.4r 2.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(2/10) thous. 386 366 10.9

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.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (2/28) $/troy oz. 397.550 396.800 5.5

STEEL SCRAP (2/27) #1 heavy, $/ton 144.50 144.50 1.4

COPPER (2/24) cents/lb. 120.4 118.3 -13.1

ALUMINUM (2/24) cents/lb. 76.0 76.0 -17.7

COTTON (2/24) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 81.33 81.70 -15.5

OIL (2/27) $/bbl. 19.63 21.05 5.8

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (2/27) 5.20% 5.20% 5.88%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/28) 3-month 5.16 5.16 6.13

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(2/28) 3-month 5.16 5.17 6.13

FIXED MORTGAGE (2/23) 30-year 7.24 7.24 8.88

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (2/23) one-year 5.39 5.40 6.63

PRIME (2/28) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (2/28) 104.44 105.08 95.05

GERMAN MARK (2/28) 1.47 1.45 1.45

BRITISH POUND (2/28) 1.53 1.54 1.61

FRENCH FRANC (2/28) 5.02 5.01 5.10

ITALIAN LIRA (2/28) 1547.5 1575.5 1677.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/28) 1.37 1.38 1.40

MEXICAN PESO (2/28)3 7.545 7.525 6.030

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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