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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index increased during the week ended Aug. 10. However, beforecalculation of the four-week moving average, the index dropped to 135.1, from136.6, as seasonally adjusted output levels of autos and trucks declined. Datacollection of paper and paperboard output has been discontinued and will nolonger be included in the production index.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 (8/17) thous. of net tons 1,951 1,936# 3.8

AUTOS (8/17) units 122,478 123,955r# 25.8

TRUCKS (8/17) units 108,289 106,334r# -1.0

ELECTRIC POWER

(8/17) millions of kilowatt-hrs. 71,452 75,365# -9.9

CRUDE-OIL REFINING

(8/17) thous. of bbl./day 14,201 14,423# 0.3

COAL (8/10) thous. of net tons 22,053# 19,032 14.5

LUMBER (8/10) millions of ft. 498.4# 482.3 13.6

RAIL FREIGHT (8/10) billions of ton-miles 25.9# 25.9 1.2

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 (8/16) S&P 500 665.21 662.10 18.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/16) 7.57% 7.53% -2.3

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/16) 108.7 107.5 -4.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (8/9) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/7) billions $523.7 $522.8 6.0

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/5) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (8/10) thous. 321 316r -4.2

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 (8/21) $/troy oz. 386.800 386.700 0.6

STEEL SCRAP (8/20) #1 heavy, $/ton 136.50 139.50 -6.8

COPPER (8/17) cents/lb. 95.4 96.2 -33.5

ALUMINUM (8/17) cents/lb. 70.3 71.4 -20.8

COTTON (8/17) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 76.38 74.72 -10.1

OIL (8/20) $/bbl. 22.89 22.45 23.5

CRB FOODSTUFFS INDEX

(8/20) 1967=100 279.28 282.00 18.5

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS INDEX

(8/20) 1967=100 343.14 343.52 0.3

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

market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (8/21) 108.34 107.81 96.65

GERMAN MARK (8/21) 1.48 1.48 1.48

BRITISH POUND (8/21) 1.55 1.55 1.54

FRENCH FRANC (8/21) 5.07 5.07 5.07

ITALIAN LIRA (8/21) 1516.2 1516.5 1615.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/21) 1.37 1.37 1.35

MEXICAN PESO (8/21)*** 7.478 7.468 6.310

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 (8/20) 5.08% 4.89% 5.70%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/21) 3-month 5.40 5.40 5.82

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(8/21) 3-month 5.36 5.39 5.77

FIXED MORTGAGE (8/16) 30-year 8.16 8.15 8.20

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE

(8/16) one-year 6.00 5.98 6.05

PRIME (8/20) 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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