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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index edged up slightly during the week of July 27. Beforecalculation of the four-week moving average, the index increased by a stronger1%, to 133.8 from 132.5. Seasonally adjusted output of trucks and autos bouncedback as plants reopened after the yearly shutdown for model changeovers.Electric power output declined in the latest week.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 (8/3) thous. of net tons 2,022 1,964# 6.1

AUTOS (8/3) units 122,282 123,317r# 6.3

TRUCKS (8/3) units 105,624 107,044r# 0.0

ELECTRIC POWER

(8/3) millions of kilowatt-hrs. NA 72,804# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING

(8/3) thous. of bbl./day 14,299 14,092# -1.1

COAL (7/27) thous. of net tons 19,525# 18,982 -0.8

PAPERBOARD (7/27) thous. of tons NA# 920.0 NA

PAPER (7/27) thous. of tons NA# 797.0 NA

LUMBER (7/27) millions of ft. 486.9# 471.0 4.7

RAIL FREIGHT (7/27) billions of ton-miles 26.4# 25.8 4.3

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 (8/2) S&P 500 662.49 635.90 18.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/2) 7.73% 7.81% 0.5

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/2) 107.3 106.8 -5.6

BUSINESS FAILURES (7/26) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/17) billions $521.9 $521.8 6.3

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/22) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (7/27) thous. 292 321r -20.9

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 (8/7) $/troy oz. 388.000 385.300 1.0

STEEL SCRAP (8/6) #1 heavy, $/ton 134.00 133.50 -6.0

COPPER (8/3) cents/lb. 96.2 96.5 -31.8

ALUMINUM (8/3) cents/lb. 71.0 70.0 -18.4

COTTON (8/3) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 76.95 77.01 -7.8

OIL (8/6) $/bbl. 21.46 21.43 20.0

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

market, NYMEX

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (8/10) 107.79 106.77 93.65

GERMAN MARK (8/10) 1.48 1.47 1.43

BRITISH POUND (8/10) 1.54 1.56 1.58

FRENCH FRANC (8/10) 5.06 5.00 4.92

ITALIAN LIRA (8/10) 1519.5 1519.2 1588.3

CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/10) 1.37 1.37 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (8/10)* 7.494 7.576 6.150

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar,

except for British pound in dollars

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (8/6) 5.10% 5.33% 5.73%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/7) 3-month 5.43 5.54 5.80

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (8/7)

3-month 5.40 5.55 5.75

FIXED MORTGAGE (8/2) 30-year 8.41 8.40 8.04

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (8/2) one-year 6.14 6.10 5.90

PRIME (8/6) 8.25 8.25 8.75

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

#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. *=Free market value NA=Not available r=revised NM=Not meaningful

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