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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index edged up slightly during the week ended May 18. However,before calculation of the four-week moving average, the index slipped to 129.3,from 129.8. In the latest week, declines in the seasonally adjusted outputlevels of autos, trucks, paperboard, and electric power offset increases incoal and steel production and rail freight traffic.The leading index will be unavailable for an indefinite period of time.BW production index copyright 1996 Bloomberg L.P.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (5/25) thous. of net tons 1,980 1,989# 3.1

AUTOS (5/25) units 139,855 151,051r# 6.6

TRUCKS (5/25) units 122,486 128,826r# 6.8

ELECTRIC POWER (5/25)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. NA 59,746# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/25)

thous. of bbl./day NA 14,053# NA

COAL (5/18) thous. of net tons 19,443# 18,915 2.1

PAPERBOARD (5/18) thous. of tons 877.1# 878.8r -6.2

PAPER (5/18) thous. of tons 781.0# 813.0r -5.3

LUMBER (5/18) millions of ft. 458.5# 454.9 6.3

RAIL FREIGHT (5/18)

billions of ton-miles 25.2# 24.8 2.0

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 (5/24) S&P 500 678.51 668.91 28.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/24) 7.68% 7.72% 0.9

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/24) 109.9 109.9 -3.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (5/17) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (5/15) billions $505.1 $506.4 5.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (5/13) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(5/11) thous. 351 340 -4.4

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 (5/29) $/troy oz. 391.000 390.800 1.5

STEEL SCRAP (5/28) #1 heavy, $/ton 142.50 142.50 0.0

COPPER (5/25) cents/lb. 121.2 130.5 -10.6

ALUMINUM (5/25) cents/lb. 73.0 76.5 -16.1

COTTON (5/25) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 82.02 82.64 -24.9

OIL (5/28) $/bbl. 20.92 22.47 5.9

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

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (5/28) 5.33% 5.23% 6.02%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/29) 3-month 5.37 5.37 5.98

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/29) 3-month 5.34 5.35 5.91

FIXED MORTGAGE (5/24) 30-year 8.20 8.27 8.04

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (5/24) one-year 5.89 5.97 6.03

PRIME (5/29) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (5/29) 108.69 106.95 84.66

GERMAN MARK (5/29) 1.54 1.54 1.41

BRITISH POUND (5/29) 1.52 1.51 1.60

FRENCH FRANC (5/29) 5.22 5.21 4.96

ITALIAN LIRA (5/29) 1555.0 1558.8 1638.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/29) 1.37 1.37 1.37

MEXICAN PESO (5/29)3 7.402 7.378 6.180

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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