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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index increased during the week ended Apr. 27. Beforecalculation of the four-week moving average, the index also rose, to 128.6 froma revised 127.7. In the latest week, increases in the seasonally adjustedoutput of autos, paperboard, paper, and lumber contributed to the overalladvance. For April, the index rose to 127.3 from 125.1 in March.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 (5/4) thous. of net tons 1,971 2,029# 0.6

AUTOS (5/4) units 140,933 140,363r# 4.3

TRUCKS (5/4) units 128,869 132,371r# 7.5

ELECTRIC POWER (5/4) millions

of kilowatt-hrs. 56,501 55,617# 2.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/4)

thous. of bbl./day 14,239 14,112# 1.9

COAL (4/27) thous. of net tons 19,607# 18,954 -2.1

PAPERBOARD (4/27) thous. of tons 846.9# 828.3r -6.3

PAPER (4/27) thous. of tons 815.0# 802.0r -2.4

LUMBER (4/27) millions of ft. 459.9# 459.4 5.3

RAIL FREIGHT (4/27)

billions of ton-miles 25.7# 25.3 1.6

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 (5/3) S&P 500 641.63 653.46 23.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/3) 7.77% 7.66% -2.8

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/3) 110.0 109.3 -4.4

BUSINESS FAILURES (4/26) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/24) billions $507.7 $508.6r 6.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/22) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(4/20) thous. 372 359 5.7

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 (5/8) $/troy oz. 394.800 392.300 1.6

STEEL SCRAP (5/7) #1 heavy, $/ton 140.00 139.50 -1.1

COPPER (5/4) cents/lb. 125.9 128.2 -2.4

ALUMINUM (5/4) cents/lb. 76.0 74.5 -12.1

COTTON (5/4) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 85.40 84.42 -19.1

OIL (5/7) $/bbl. 21.00 21.00r 6.9

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (5/7) 5.24% 5.50% 6.00%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/8) 3-month 5.41 5.40 6.05

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(5/8) 3-month 5.38 5.36 6.01

FIXED MORTGAGE (5/3) 30-year 8.31 8.16 8.45

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (5/3) one-year 5.92 5.84 6.24

PRIME (5/8) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (5/8) 105.21 105.11 86.85

GERMAN MARK (5/8) 1.52 1.53 1.45

BRITISH POUND (5/8) 1.52 1.50 1.57

FRENCH FRANC (5/8) 5.13 5.18 5.10

ITALIAN LIRA (5/8) 1558.4 1566.0 1680.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/8) 1.37 1.36 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (5/8)3 7.478 7.409 5.910

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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