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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index declined during the week ended Aug. 31. Before calculationof the four-week moving average, the index took a smaller drop, falling to132.7 from 132.9. Declines in the seasonally adjusted output of autos andelectric power and rail-freight traffic offset a big jump in truck production.For the entire month of August, the index rose slightly, to 134.2, from 133.9in July.The leading index will be unavailable for an indefinite period of time.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL (9/7) thous. of net tons 1,984 1,952# 0.3

AUTOS (9/7) units 105,568 118,892r# 2.8

TRUCKS (9/7) units 100,614 117,175r# 4.9

ELECTRIC POWER (9/7)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 68,437 70,395# 3.5

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/7)

thous. of bbl./day 14,415 14,401# -2.1

COAL (8/31) thous. of net tons 22,045# 22,447 6.9

LUMBER (8/31) millions of ft. 507.1# 498.7 10.9

RAIL FREIGHT (8/31) billions of ton-miles 26.7# 26.7 3.9

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 (9/6) S&P 500 655.68 651.99 14.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/6) 7.91% 7.82% 6.2

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/6) 110.7 110.6 -2.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (8/30) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/28) billions $523.2 $523.7 5.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/26) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (8/31) thous. 316 331 -8.9

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 (9/11) $/troy oz. 383.500 385.600 0.2

STEEL SCRAP (9/10) #1 heavy, $/ton 136.50 136.50 -4.9

COPPER (9/6) cents/lb. 96.4 95.7 -29.2

ALUMINUM (9/6) cents/lb. 70.5 69.0 -14.5

COTTON (9/7) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 76.21 77.50 -13.9

OIL (9/10) $/bbl. 24.21 23.50 29.3

CRB FOODSTUFFS INDEX (9/10)

1967=100 269.07 267.29 13.7

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS INDEX

(9/10) 1967=100 346.47 348.08 4.0

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

market, NYMEX

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (9/11) 110.24 108.82 103.55

GERMAN MARK (9/11) 1.51 1.48 1.49

BRITISH POUND (9/11) 1.55 1.57 1.55

FRENCH FRANC (9/11) 5.15 5.08 5.13

ITALIAN LIRA (9/11) 1524.0 1511.5 1615.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (9/11) 1.37 1.37 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (9/11)* 7.547 7.555 6.280

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 (9/10) 5.10% 6.01% 5.73%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (9/11) 3-month 5.53 5.53 5.72

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (9/11)

3-month 5.53 5.53 5.71

FIXED MORTGAGE (9/6) 30-year 8.53 8.36 7.84

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (9/6)

one-year 6.09 6.01 5.85

PRIME (9/10) 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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