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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (4/27) thous. of net tons 2,029 2,017# 1.5

AUTOS (4/27) units 140,656 137,781r# -3.8

TRUCKS (4/27) units 132,138 128,473r# 9.5

ELECTRIC POWER (4/27)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 55,617 55,508# 2.5

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/27)

thous. of bbl./day 14,112 13,968# -0.1

COAL (4/20) thous. of net tons 18,954# 19,134 -2.0

PAPERBOARD (4/20) thous. of tons 824.9# 832.1r -11.9

PAPER (4/20) thous. of tons 818.0# 820.0r -2.6

LUMBER (4/20) millions of ft. 459.4# 440.8 9.8

RAIL FREIGHT (4/20) billions of ton-miles 25.3# 25.1 2.4

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 (4/26) S&P 500 653.46 645.07 27.3

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/26) 7.66% 7.67% -5.3

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/26) 109.3 110.4 -5.0

BUSINESS FAILURES (4/19) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/17) billions $508.3 $508.5 7.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/15) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (4/13) thous. 359 350 5.0

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 (5/1) $/troy oz. 392.300 390.800 1.1

STEEL SCRAP (4/30) #1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 139.50 1.5

COPPER (4/27) cents/lb. 128.2 123.8 -3.2

ALUMINUM (4/27) cents/lb. 74.5 74.8 -16.7

COTTON (4/27) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 84.42 84.20r -21.6

OIL (4/30) $/bbl. 20.87 24.38 3.7

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (4/30) 5.50% 5.38% 6.05%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/1) 3-month 5.40 5.38 6.11

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/1) 3-month 5.36 5.34 6.07

FIXED MORTGAGE (4/26) 30-year 8.16 8.21 8.46

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/26) one-year 5.84 5.93 6.24

PRIME (5/1) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (5/1) 105.11 106.74 83.85

GERMAN MARK (5/1) 1.53 1.52 1.37

BRITISH POUND (5/1) 1.50 1.51 1.61

FRENCH FRANC (5/1) 5.18 5.14 4.90

ITALIAN LIRA (5/1) 1566.0 1555.2 1637.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/1) 1.36 1.36 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (5/1)3 7.409 7.433 5.840

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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