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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index increased during the week ended Sept. 14, the first gainin four weeks. Before calculation of the four-week moving average, the indexrose to 134.7, from 134. In the latest week, increases in the seasonallyadjusted output of trucks, steel, and lumber as well as rail-freight trafficoffset declines in auto, coal, and electric power production.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 (9/21) thous. of net tons 1,942 1,987# -0.8

AUTOS (9/21) units 139,238 130,388r# 5.3

TRUCKS (9/21) units 121,810 125,988r# 3.8

ELECTRIC POWER (9/21) millions of

kilowatt-hrs. 62,096 67,649# 0.8

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/21) thous. of bbl./day 14,518 14,490# 1.5

COAL (9/14) thous. of net tons 21,444# 21,309 2.4

LUMBER (9/14) millions of ft. 502.6# 405.9 5.8

RAIL FREIGHT (9/14) billions of ton-miles 26.0# 24.0 -5.1

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 (9/20) S&P 500 687.02 680.54 17.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/20) 7.80% 7.87% 4.8

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/20) 109.2 110.3 -3.2

BUSINESS FAILURES (9/13) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (9/11) billions $526.7 $525.2r 5.5

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (9/9) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (9/14) thous. 329 331r -11.1

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 (9/25) $/troy oz. 382.400 383.000 -0.3

STEEL SCRAP (9/24) #1 heavy, $/ton 136.00 136.50 -5.2

COPPER (9/20) cents/lb. 92.8 92.3 -31.6

ALUMINUM (9/20) cents/lb. 66.5 68.0 -18.9

COTTON (9/21) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 75.04 75.46 -18.9

OIL (9/24) $/bbl. 24.67 23.53 42.4

CRB FOODSTUFFS INDEX (9/24)

1967=100 264.22 265.05 11.2

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS INDEX (9/24)

1967=100 339.79 342.77 1.3

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 (9/25) 110.38 109.09 98.25

GERMAN MARK (9/25) 1.51 1.51 1.42

BRITISH POUND (9/25) 1.56 1.56 1.58

FRENCH FRANC (9/25) 5.11 5.14 4.90

ITALIAN LIRA (9/25) 1514.0 1523.5 1611.6

CANADIAN DOLLAR (9/25) 1.37 1.37 1.35

MEXICAN PESO (9/25)*** 7.525 7.483 6.385

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 (9/24) 5.28% 5.02% 5.80%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (9/25) 3-month 5.48 5.52 5.76

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (9/25)

3-month 5.44 5.53 5.78

FIXED MORTGAGE (9/20) 30-year 8.33 8.46 7.82

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (9/20)

one-year 6.04 6.14 5.80

PRIME (9/24) 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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