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BUSINES WEEK INDEX

The production index was flat for the week ended Mar. 29. For all of March, the

index was unchanged at 122.2. The index has been revised to reflect the

benchmark revision to the Federal Reserve's index of industrial production and

new component weights. Historical data are available at Business Week Online at

http://www.businessweek.com or on America Online at keyword: bw. Look for the

production index on the current issue's table of contents.

BW production index copyright 1997 Bloomberg L.P.

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (4/5) thous. of metric tons 1,950 1,950# 4.3

AUTOS (4/5) units 111,089 108,675 r# 0.5

TRUCKS (4/5) units 112,933 100,428 r# 11.4

ELECTRIC POWER (4/5) millions of

kilowatt-hrs. 55,754 56,950# 0.7

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/5) thous. of

bbl./day 14,338 14,290# 3.4

COAL (3/29) thous. of metric tons 19,410# 19,363 2.7

LUMBER (3/29) millions of meters 148.3# 155.4 3.1

RAIL FREIGHT (3/29) billions of ton-

kilometers 40.1# 40.8 1.1

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 (4/4) S&P 500 757.90 757.12 15.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/4) 7.71% 7.63% 4.0

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/4) 105.9 106.2 -3.8

BUSINESS FAILURES (3/28) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/26) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/24) billions $3,880.2 $3,877.2 r 4.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (3/29)

thous. 314 313 -22.1

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 (4/9) $/troy oz. 347.800 351.050 -11.8

STEEL SCRAP (4/4)#1 heavy, $/ton 136.50 136.50 -2.2

COPPER (4/4) cents/lb. 115.0 119.8 -1.8

ALUMINUM (4/4) cents/lb. 78.5 79.3 1.9

COTTON (4/5) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,

cents/lb. 68.82 69.67 -18.3

OIL (4/8) $/bbl. 19.05 19.95 -17.2

CRB FOODSTUFFS (4/8) 1967=100 243.65 245.32 0.7

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (4/8) 1967=100 333.88 337.92 0.7

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 (4/9) 126.74 122.72 108.46

GERMAN MARK (4/9) 1.72 1.67 1.50

BRITISH POUND (4/9) 1.62 1.64 1.51

FRENCH FRANC (4/9) 5.80 5.63 5.09

ITALIAN LIRA (4/9) 1699.3 1659.0 1571.0

CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/9) 1.39 1.39 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (4/9)3 7.884 7.939 7.483

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX (4/9) 106.6 104.6 97.5

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 (4/8) 5.34% 6.18% 5.07%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/9) 3-month 5.69 5.71 5.41

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (4/9) 3-month 5.70 5.70 5.37

FIXED MORTGAGE (4/4) 30-year 8.30 8.21 7.99

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/4) one-year 6.04 6.02 5.76

PRIME (4/4) 8.50 8.50 8.25

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. 3=Free market value NA=Not available r=revised NM=Not

meaningful

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