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The production index edged lower during the week ended Mar. 23. Beforecalculation of the four-week moving average, the index dropped sharply to125.4, from 126.7, as the strike at General Motors Corp. continued to hammerseasonally adjusted auto and truck output.The leading index was unchanged in the latest week. The unaveraged index fellto 257.8, from 259, pulled down by falling stock prices.BW production index copyright 1996 Bloomberg L.P.BW leading index copyright 1996 by CIBCRPRODUCTION AND LEADING INDEXESPRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (3/23) thous. of net tons 2,098 2,042# 2.7

AUTOS (3/23) units 79,763 78,486r# -47.1

TRUCKS (3/23) units 90,620 99,722r# -24.7

ELECTRIC POWER (3/23) millions

of kilowatt-hrs. 57,876 59,338# 5.1

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/23)

thous. of bbl./day 13,834 13,677# 3.2

COAL (3/16) thous. of net tons 21,256# 21,102 0.0

PAPERBOARD (3/16) thous. of tons NA# 890.6 NA

PAPER (3/16) thous. of tons NA# 832.0 NA

LUMBER (3/16) millions of ft. 447.4# 448.3 0.2

RAIL FREIGHT (3/16) billions

of ton-miles 25.3# 25.3 0.8

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Forest

& Paper Association, WWPAsuperscript1, SFPAsuperscript2, Association of

American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (3/22) S&P 500 650.83 639.59 31.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/22) 7.41% 7.42% -8.5

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/22) 109.8 108.6 -4.0

BUSINESS FAILURES (3/15) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/13) billions $508.7 $508.7 8.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/11) billions $3,684.0 $3,683.4r 2.6

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (3/9) thous. 352 363 2.6

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 (3/27) $/troy oz. 400.350 394.900 4.6

STEEL SCRAP (3/26) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.00 139.00 1.1

COPPER (3/23) cents/lb. 121.0 123.1 -16.7

ALUMINUM (3/23) cents/lb. 76.5 76.0 -12.1

COTTON (3/23) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 82.18 80.61 -21.5

OIL (3/26) $/bbl. 22.26 24.34 17.6

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (3/26) 5.23% 5.20% 6.06%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/27) 3-month 5.37 5.36 6.15

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (3/27) 3-month 5.34 5.33 6.15

FIXED MORTGAGE (3/22) 30-year 8.05 8.06 8.63

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (3/22) one-year 5.77 5.82 6.40

PRIME (3/27) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (3/27) 106.61 106.44 87.05

GERMAN MARK (3/27) 1.49 1.47 1.38

BRITISH POUND (3/27) 1.52 1.54 1.61

FRENCH FRANC (3/27) 5.07 5.05 4.84

ITALIAN LIRA (3/27) 1579.5 1556.5 1706.3

CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/27) 1.36 1.36 1.40

MEXICAN PESO (3/27)3 7.540 7.528 6.680

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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