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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (3/16) thous. of net tons 2,042 2,101# -1.5

AUTOS (3/16) units 77,849 115,294r# -44.4

TRUCKS (3/16) units 99,162 128,013r# -17.2

ELECTRIC POWER (3/16) millions

of kilowatt-hrs. 59,338 62,056# 9.1

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/16)

thous. of bbl./day 13,677 13,647# 2.1

COAL (3/9) thous. of net tons 21,102# 21,615 4.3

PAPERBOARD (3/9) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

PAPER (3/9) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

LUMBER (3/9) millions of ft. 448.3# 440.1 -1.0

RAIL FREIGHT (3/9) billions

of ton-miles 25.3# 25.9 4.5

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 (3/15) S&P 500 639.59 649.15 29.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/15) 7.42% 7.21% -7.7

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/15) 108.6 108.8 -4.8

BUSINESS FAILURES (3/8) NA 326 NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/6) billions $508.7 $505.1r 8.7

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/4) billions $3,647.9 $3,662.6r 1.8

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(3/2) thous. 363 358r 7.4

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 (3/20) $/troy oz. 394.900 396.500 3.2

STEEL SCRAP (3/19) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.00 139.00 1.1

COPPER (3/16) cents/lb. 123.1 122.2 -14.3

ALUMINUM (3/16) cents/lb. 76.0 75.3 -14.1

COTTON (3/16) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 80.61 79.85 -25.8

OIL (3/19) $/bbl. 24.34 20.46 32.1

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (3/19) 5.20% 5.25% 5.97%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/20) 3-month 5.36 5.34 6.14

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (3/20) 3-month 5.33 5.30 6.12

FIXED MORTGAGE (3/15) 30-year 8.06 7.63 8.62

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (3/15) one-year 5.82 5.48 6.55

PRIME (3/20) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (3/20) 106.44 105.34 88.35

GERMAN MARK (3/20) 1.47 1.47 1.41

BRITISH POUND (3/20) 1.54 1.52 1.60

FRENCH FRANC (3/20) 5.05 5.04 4.97

ITALIAN LIRA (3/20) 1556.5 1564.8 1725.0

CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/20) 1.36 1.37 1.40

MEXICAN PESO (3/20)3 7.528 7.590 6.920

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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