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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index rose during the week ended July 26. Before calculation ofthe four-week moving average, the index rose to 127.3 from 126.0. In the latestweek, the seasonally adjusted levels of auto and truck production rosestrongly, as more car plants returned to production. Rail-freight traffic andcrude-oil refining also posted gains. Steel production increased slightly.Output of both coal and lumber declined, and electric power output also fell.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (8/2) thous. of net tons 1,922 1,983 # -4.2

AUTOS (8/2) units 115,986 108,312 r# -7.7

TRUCKS (8/2) units 117,509 107,672 r# 11.5

ELECTRIC POWER (8/2)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 74,982 74,851 # 4.4

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/2)

thous. of bbl./day 15,000 14,827 # 4.9

COAL (7/26) thous. of net tons 20,945 # 20,710 -0.7

LUMBER (7/26) millions of ft. 505.1 # 506.4 3.7

RAIL FREIGHT (7/26)

billions of ton-miles 26.6 # 25.9 -0.7

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 (8/1) S&P 500 947.14 938.79 43.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/1) 7.01 % 7.09 % -7.2

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/1) 107.8 107.3 0.5

BUSINESS FAILURES (7/25) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/23) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/21) billions $3,931.0 $3,927.1 r 4.8

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (7/26) thous. 277 299 -6.7

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100),

Federal Reserve, Labor Dept.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (8/6)

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