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The production index increased modestly during the weeks ended Dec. 14 and Dec.21. Before calculation of the four-week moving average, the index rose to 135.4in the week of Dec. 14 and 136.7 in the week of Dec. 21. For the latest week,seasonally adjusted auto and truck production fell, but electric power outputand rail-freight traffic increased.The leading index will be unavailable for an indefinite period of time.BW production index copyright 1997 Bloomberg L.P.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL (12/28) thous. of net tons 1,998 2,004 # 10.2

AUTOS (12/28) units 0 125,842 # NM

TRUCKS (12/28) units 0 132,499 # NM

ELECTRIC POWER (12/28) millions of

kilowatt-hrs. NA 66,837 # NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/28) thous. of

bbl./day NA 14,210 # NA

COAL (12/21) thous. of net tons 21,239 # 21,939 7.1

LUMBER (12/21) millions of ft. 464.6 # 478.1 9.8

RAIL FREIGHT (12/21) billions of

ton-miles 25.6 # 26.9 4.9

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA1, SFPA2,

Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STOCK PRICES (12/27) S&P 500 756.79 748.87 23.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/27) 7.23% 7.28% 6.6

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/27) 107.1 107.1 -3.9

BUSINESS FAILURES (12/20) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/18) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/16) billions $3,822.6 $3,820.3 4.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (12/21)

thous. 335 350 -10.4

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 (12/30) $/troy oz. 369.250 368.900 -5.3

STEEL SCRAP (12/27) #1 heavy, $/ton 116.50 116.50 -13.7

COPPER (12/27) cents/lb. 102.0 104.6 -21.9

ALUMINUM (12/27) cents/lb. 72.5 72.5 -9.1

COTTON (12/28) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 72.32 72.17 -9.0

OIL (12/30) $/bbl. 25.19 27.95 27.2

CRB FOODSTUFFS (12/27) 1967=100 233.22 232.46 -1.1

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (12/27) 1967=100 335.32 333.49 1.1

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 (12/30) 115.85 114.48 105.05

GERMAN MARK (12/30) 1.56 1.56 1.45

BRITISH POUND (12/30) 1.69 1.67 1.55

FRENCH FRANC (12/30) 5.25 5.25 4.95

ITALIAN LIRA (12/30) 1531.5 1528.5 1579.6

CANADIAN DOLLAR (12/30) 1.37 1.37 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (12/30)*** 7.853 7.836 7.580

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX (12/30) 99.7 99.3 97.9

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 (12/27) 4.77% 5.25% 5.35%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (12/30) 3-month 5.65 5.60 5.50

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (12/30) 3-month 5.51 5.44 5.44

FIXED MORTGAGE (12/27) 30-year 7.85 7.92 7.40

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (12/27) one-year 5.73 5.73 5.63

PRIME (12/30) 8.25 8.25 8.50

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. 1=Western Wood Products Assn. 2=Southern Forest

Products Assn. ***=Free market value NA=Not available r=revised NM=Not

meaningful

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