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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index increased during the week ended Jan. 4. Before calculationof the four-week moving average, the index also rose, to 136.3, from a revised134.9. On a seasonally adjusted basis, crude-oil and coal output were upsharply. However, the adjusted auto and truck production numbers were distortedby plant closings in observance of New Year's Day.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 (1/11) thous. of net tons 1,994 1,999# -0.7

AUTOS (1/11) units 111,845 39,698# 15.8

TRUCKS (1/11) units 109,686 40,371# 14.7

ELECTRIC POWER (1/11) millions of 65,751 57,896# -2.3

kilowatt-hrs.

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/11) thous. of 13,774 14,083# 1.3

bbl./day

COAL (1/4) thous. of net tons 19,773# 15,424 12.6

LUMBER (1/4) millions of ft. 298.9# 263.5 -4.5

RAIL FREIGHT (1/4) billions of ton-miles 22.9# 18.0 8.5

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 (1/10) S&P 500 759.50 748.03 25.3

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/10) 7.42% 7.29% 8.0

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/10) 108.6 107.6 -1.8

BUSINESS FAILURES (1/3) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (1/1) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/30) billions $3,824.7 $3,830.7r 4.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (1/4) 361 366 -6.0

thous.

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 (1/15) $/troy oz. 354.450 356.600 -10.9

STEEL SCRAP (1/10) #1 heavy, $/ton 131.50 116.50 -9.0

COPPER (1/10) cents/lb. 112.1 106.6 -7.6

ALUMINUM (1/10) cents/lb. 75.0 73.5 -2.6

COTTON (1/11) strict low middling 70.08 71.12 -16.4

1-1/16 in., cents/lb.

OIL (1/14) $/bbl. 24.86 26.19 37.0

CRB FOODSTUFFS (1/14) 1967=100 236.44 231.26 1.6

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (1/14) 1967=100 340.11 335.77 2.7

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 (1/15) 117.24 115.91 105.50

GERMAN MARK (1/15) 1.59 1.58 1.48

BRITISH POUND (1/15) 1.68 1.69 1.51

FRENCH FRANC (1/15) 5.37 5.32 5.05

ITALIAN LIRA (1/15) 1548.5 1542.7 1584.2

CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/15) 1.34 1.35 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (1/15)*** 7.809 7.812 7.480

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX (1/15) 100.2 99.8 97.2

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 (1/14) 5.14% 5.20% 5.61%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/15) 3-month 5.46 5.45 5.40

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (1/15) 3-month 5.43 5.41 5.67

FIXED MORTGAGE (1/10) 30-year 7.99 7.68 7.37

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (1/10) one-year 5.78 5.76 5.50

PRIME (1/14) 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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