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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index declined slightly during the week ended Oct. 5. Beforecalculation of the four-week moving average, the production index was unchangedat 132.2. For the latest week, drops in the seasonally adjusted output levelsof autos, steel, trucks, and electric power offset increases in the productionof crude oil, coal, and lumber and rail-freight traffic.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 (10/12) thous. of net tons 2,029 1,985# 8.7

AUTOS (10/12) units 127,372 120,282r# -2.7

TRUCKS (10/12) units 131,732 127,106r# 10.5

ELECTRIC POWER (10/12) millions of

kilowatt-hrs. 59,063 59,531# 2.7

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (10/12) thous. of bbl./day 14,100 14,442# 5.6

COAL (10/5) thous. of net tons 22,604# 21,663 9.2

LUMBER (10/5) millions of ft. 483.0# 486.9 6.9

RAIL FREIGHT (10/5) billions of ton-miles 26.6# 26.2 6.8

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 (10/11) S&P 500 700.66 701.46 20.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (10/11) 7.61% 7.64% 4.5

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (10/11) 107.8 108.4 -3.0

BUSINESS FAILURES (10/4) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/2) billions NA $523.3 NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (9/30) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (10/5) thous. 319 341r -11.4

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 (10/16) $/troy oz. 381.500 381.350 -0.6

STEEL SCRAP (10/15) #1

heavy, $/ton 133.50 133.50 -5.0

COPPER (10/11) cents/lb. 95.5 93.4 -27.2

ALUMINUM (10/11) cents/lb. 63.5 64.5 -19.1

COTTON (10/12) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 73.87 74.77 -13.2

OIL (10/15) $/bbl. 25.38 25.62r 43.9

CRB FOODSTUFFS INDEX (10/15)

1967=100 254.82 257.58 5.1

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS INDEX

(10/15) 1967=100 336.66 339.73 1.5

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 (10/16) 112.13 111.47 100.51

GERMAN MARK (10/16) 1.54 1.53 1.41

BRITISH POUND (10/16) 1.58 1.56 1.57

FRENCH FRANC (10/16) 5.20 5.17 4.96

ITALIAN LIRA (10/16) 1536.5 1521.6 1607.0

CANADIAN DOLLAR (10/16) 1.36 1.35 1.34

MEXICAN PESO (10/16)*** 7.785 7.565 6.675

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 (10/15) 5.41% 5.11% 5.71%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (10/16) 3-month 5.42 5.43 5.80

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (10/16)

3-month 5.40 5.40 5.78

FIXED MORTGAGE (10/11) 30-year 8.09 8.20 7.72

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (10/11)

one-year 5.92 5.94 5.79

PRIME (10/15) 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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