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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (3/2) thous. of net tons 2,085 2,105r# 4.0

AUTOS (3/2) units 122,932 136,086r# -16.3

TRUCKS (3/2) units 125,639 123,347r# 6.0

ELECTRIC POWER (3/2) millions

of kilowatt-hrs. 60,553 59,905# -0.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/2)

thous. of bbl./day 13,794 13,533# 1.1

COAL (2/24) thous. of net tons 21,246# 21,641 -4.8

PAPERBOARD (2/24) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

PAPER (2/24) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

LUMBER (2/24) millions of ft. 450.2# 435.5 4.1

RAIL FREIGHT (2/24) billions

of ton-miles 25.2# 25.2 2.0

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 (3/1) S&P 500 645.45 651.67 33.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/1) 7.20% 7.13% -11.7

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/1) 110.6 110.8 -2.2

BUSINESS FAILURES (2/23) 191 324 -43.8

REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/21) billions $504.4 $507.3 8.0

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/19) billions $3,665.0 $3,657.0r 2.2

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(2/17) thous. 382 381r 11.0

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 (3/6) $/troy oz. 393.600 397.550 4.0

STEEL SCRAP (3/5) #1 heavy, $/ton 144.50 144.50 2.1

COPPER (3/2) cents/lb. 120.0 120.4 -12.1

ALUMINUM (3/2) cents/lb. 74.3 76.0 -15.1

COTTON (3/2) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 80.28 81.33 -20.8

OIL (3/5) $/bbl. 19.54 19.63 4.9

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (3/5) 5.13% 5.20% 5.93%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/6) 3-month 5.19 5.16 6.19

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(3/6) 3-month 5.17 5.16 6.20

FIXED MORTGAGE (3/1) 30-year 7.69 7.49r 8.72

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (3/1) one-year 5.50 5.39 6.51

PRIME (3/6) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (3/6) 105.32 104.44 91.10

GERMAN MARK (3/6) 1.48 1.47 1.40

BRITISH POUND (3/6) 1.53 1.53 1.60

FRENCH FRANC (3/6) 5.05 5.02 4.99

ITALIAN LIRA (3/6) 1557.1 1547.5 1667.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/6) 1.37 1.37 1.41

MEXICAN PESO (3/6)3 7.593 7.545 7.150

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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