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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index fell during the week ended Nov. 2. Before calculation ofthe four-week moving average, the index also dropped, to 130.7, from 132.Seasonally adjusted production of autos, trucks, and crude-oil refiningdecline. For the month of October, the index declined to 132.2, from 133.5 inSeptember.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 (11/9) thous. of net tons 1,959 1,946# 3.7

AUTOS (11/9) units 113,549 110,360r# -14.1

TRUCKS (11/9) units 111,641 111,566r# -2.8

ELECTRIC POWER (11/9) millions of

kilowatt-hrs. NA 60,053# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/9) thous. of bbl./day NA 14,316# NA

COAL (11/2) thous. of net tons 21,204# 20,944 3.8

LUMBER (11/2) millions of ft. 487.7# 488.3 11.8

RAIL FREIGHT (11/2) billions of ton-miles 26.8# 26.6 2.7

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 (11/8) S&P 500 730.82 703.77 23.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/8) 7.38% 7.48% 2.5

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/8) 105.3 105.4 -5.6

BUSINESS FAILURES (11/1) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/30) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/28) billions $3,781.4 $3,779.8 4.1

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (11/2) thous. 331 342 -13.1

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 (11/13) $/troy oz. 381.900 378.000 -1.3

STEEL SCRAP (11/12) #1 heavy,

$/ton 116.50 126.50 -13.4

COPPER (11/8) cents/lb. 98.0 98.4 -30.4

ALUMINUM (11/8) cents/lb. 68.5 67.8 -12.2

COTTON (11/9) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 69.72 70.54 -16.0

OIL (11/12) $/bbl. 23.75 22.69r 32.7

CRB FOODSTUFFS (11/12) 1967=100 227.10 233.09 -6.7

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (11/12)

1967=100 328.42 328.24 -3.7

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 (11/13) 111.45 113.99 101.97

GERMAN MARK (11/13) 1.50 1.52 1.41

BRITISH POUND (11/13) 1.66 1.64 1.56

FRENCH FRANC (11/13) 5.09 5.13 4.85

ITALIAN LIRA (11/13) 1514.0 1524.2 1590.9

CANADIAN DOLLAR (11/13) 1.33 1.33 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (11/13)*** 7.915 7.905 7.780

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX (11/13) 97.0 97.9 94.4

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar,

except for British pound in dollars. Trade-weighted dollar via J.P. Morgan

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (11/12) 5.30% 5.34% 5.74%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/13) 3-month 5.40 5.41 5.74

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (11/13)

3-month 5.37 5.38 5.74

FIXED MORTGAGE (11/8) 30-year 7.90 7.96 7.66

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (11/8)

one-year 5.79 5.80 5.78

PRIME (11/12) 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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