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The production index edged up slightly in the week ended Apr. 13. Beforecalculation of the four-week moving average, the index increased a bit to126.5, from 126.3. Seasonally adjusted output gains in trucks, lumber, andrail-freight traffic offset declines in the production of autos and electricpower. Data on paper and paperboard were unavailable for the latest week.The leading index will be unavailable for an indefinite period.BW production index copyright 1996 Bloomberg L.P.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (4/20) thous. of net tons 2,017 1,961# -0.2

AUTOS (4/20) units 129,359 120,611r# 1.1

TRUCKS (4/20) units 123,345 112,694r# 19.3

ELECTRIC POWER (4/20)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 55,508 54,928# 1.1

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/20)

thous. of bbl./day 13,968 14,003# -0.6

COAL (4/13) thous. of net tons 19,134# 19,317 -1.7

PAPERBOARD (4/13) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

PAPER (4/13) thous. of tons NA# NA NA

LUMBER (4/13) millions of ft. 440.8# 430.5 1.5

RAIL FREIGHT (4/13)

billions of ton-miles 25.1# 24.5 4.1

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 (4/19) S&P 500 645.07 636.71 27.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/19) 7.67% 7.77% -4.4

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/19) 110.4 110.3 -3.9

BUSINESS FAILURES (4/12) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/10) billions $508.5 $506.7 7.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/8) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(4/6) thous. 350 347 1.7

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100), Dun

& Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (4/24) $/troy oz. 390.800 391.100 0.1

STEEL SCRAP (4/23) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 139.50 1.5

COPPER (4/20) cents/lb. 123.8 119.5 -9.7

ALUMINUM (4/20) cents/lb. 74.8 76.0 -16.9

COTTON (4/20) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 84.10 86.10 -20.8

OIL (4/23) $/bbl. 24.38 24.30 20.2

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (4/23) 5.38% 5.17% 5.99%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/24) 3-month 5.38 5.39 6.09

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(4/24) 3-month 5.34 5.36 6.09

FIXED MORTGAGE (4/19) 30-year 8.21 8.28 8.49

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/19) one-year 5.93 5.92 6.36

PRIME (4/24) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (4/24) 106.74 108.13 84.15

GERMAN MARK (4/24) 1.52 1.51 1.38

BRITISH POUND (4/24) 1.51 1.51 1.62

FRENCH FRANC (4/24) 5.14 5.12 4.88

ITALIAN LIRA (4/24) 1555.2 1575.3 1686.3

CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/24) 1.36 1.36 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (4/24)3 7.433 7.425 5.900

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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