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The production index was unchanged during the week ended Feb. 15. That'sanother sign that the industrial sector is slowing down this quarter. Beforecalculation of the four-week moving average, the index fell slightly to 135.5,from 135.7 in the previous week. On a seasonally adjusted basis, increases inauto, electric power, steel, and lumber production nearly offset the declinesin the output of trucks and coal and rail-freight traffic.BW production index copyright 1997 Bloomberg L.P.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (2/22) thous. of net tons 2,115 2,078# 0.8

AUTOS (2/22) units 132,444 127,374r# -3.0

TRUCKS (2/22) units 135,930 126,482r# 10.2

ELECTRIC POWER (2/22) millions 61,026 65,844# 1.9

of kilowatt-hrs.

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/22) 13,422 13,392# -0.8

thous. of bbl./day

COAL (2/15) thous. of net tons 20,817# 21,398 -2.6

LUMBER (2/15) millions of ft. 513.6# 496.9 17.9

RAIL FREIGHT (2/15) billions of 27.1# 27.2 1.9

ton-miles

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 (2/21) S&P 500 801.77 808.48 23.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/21) 7.23% 7.26% 1.4

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/21) 108.2 108.0 -1.9

BUSINESS FAILURES (2/14) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/12) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/10) billions $3,859.7 $3,860.2r 4.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/15) 309 308r -18.3

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 (2/26) $/troy oz. 354.800 346.250 -10.8

STEEL SCRAP (2/21)#1 heavy, $/ton 145.50 146.50 0.7

COPPER (2/21) cents/lb. 115.4 111.5 -4.2

ALUMINUM (2/21) cents/lb. 76.0 74.8 0.0

COTTON (2/22) strict low middling 69.75 69.98 -14.2

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

OIL (2/25) $/bbl. 20.45 22.14 4.2

CRB FOODSTUFFS (2/25) 1967=100 241.98 238.28 3.5

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (2/25) 1967=100 345.06 345.19 4.9

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 (2/26) 122.61 124.39 104.44

GERMAN MARK (2/26) 1.69 1.70 1.47

BRITISH POUND (2/26) 1.63 1.61 1.53

FRENCH FRANC (2/26) 5.71 5.74 5.02

ITALIAN LIRA (2/26) 1681.5 1690.4 1547.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/26) 1.37 1.36 1.37

MEXICAN PESO (2/26)3 7.782 7.777 7.545

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX (2/26) 104.3 105.0 95

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 (2/25) 5.28% 5.55% 5.20%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/26) 3-month 5.39 5.38 5.16

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (2/26) 3-month 5.35 5.34 5.16

FIXED MORTGAGE (2/21) 30-year 7.74 7.85 7.24

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (2/21) one-year 5.65 5.81 5.39

PRIME (2/18) 8.25 8.25 8.25

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

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

Association of American Railroads

#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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