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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index increased during the week ended Aug. 3. Before calculationof the four-week moving average, the index also increased, to 136.6, from135.1. For the month of July, the index advanced to 133.9, from 131.6 fromJune. Data collection of paper and paperboard output has been discontinued andwill no longer be included in the production index.The leading index will be unavailable for an indefinite period of time.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (8/10) thous. of net tons 1,936 2,022# 0.9

AUTOS (8/10) units 124,057 124,381r# 19.8

TRUCKS (8/10) units 108,956 105,366r# 1.2

ELECTRIC POWER (8/10)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 75,365 71,810# 1.2

CRUDE-OIL REFINING

(8/10) thous. of bbl./day 14,423 14,299# 1.3

COAL (8/3) thous. of net tons 19,032# 19,525 5.2

LUMBER (8/3) millions of ft. 482.3# 486.9 10.8

RAIL FREIGHT (8/3) billions of ton-miles 25.9# 26.4 4.0

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Forest

& Paper Association, WWPA*, SFPA**, Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (8/9) S&P 500 662.10 662.49 18.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/9) 7.53% 7.73% -2.3

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/9) 107.5 107.3 -5.7

BUSINESS FAILURES (8/2) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/31) billions $522.8 $522.5 6.3

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/29) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (8/3) thous. 318 294r -2.2

Sources: Standard & Pmor'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 (8/14) $/troy oz. 386.700 388.000 0.9

STEEL SCRAP (8/13)

#1 heavy, $/ton 139.50 134.00 -4.8

COPPER (8/10) cents/lb. 96.2 96.2 -31.3

ALUMINUM (8/10) cents/lb. 71.4 71.0 -19.3

COTTON (8/10) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 74.72 76.95 -8.5

OIL (8/13) $/bbl. 22.45 21.19r 28.9

CRB FOODSTUFFS INDEX (8/13)

1967=100 343.52 340.56 1.5

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS INDEX (8/13)

1967=100 282.00 275.17 20.9

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

market, NYMEX

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (8/14) 107.81 107.79 97.55

GERMAN MARK (8/14) 1.48 1.48 1.47

BRITISH POUND (8/14) 1.55 1.54 1.54

FRENCH FRANC (8/14) 5.07 5.06 5.06

ITALIAN LIRA (8/14) 1516.5 1519.5 1619.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/14) 1.37 1.37 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (8/14)*** 7.468 7.494 6.225

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 (8/13) 4.89% 5.10% 5.74%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/13) 3-month 5.40 5.43 5.85

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (8/14)

3-month 5.39 5.40 5.80

FIXED MORTGAGE (8/9) 30-year 8.15 8.41 8.02

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (8/9) one-year 5.98 6.14 5.91

PRIME (8/13) 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. *=Western Wood Products Assn. **=Southern Forest

Products Assn. ***=Free market value NA=Not available r=revised NM=Not

meaningful

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