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The production index increased in each of the two latest weeks. But beforecalculation of the four-week moving average the index rose from 127.3 at theend of July to 128.6 in the week ofAug. 2, and then fell to 127.3 in the weekended Aug. 9. In the latest week, drops in the seasonally adjusted output ofautos, trucks, and electric power led to the index' overall weakness. For July,the index stood at 126.1, up from June's reading of 123.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL (8/16) thous. of net tons 2,029 1,992# 4.2

AUTOS (8/16) units 113,752 119,749r# -6.1

TRUCKS (8/16) units 119,736 109,910r# 9.0

ELECTRIC POWER (8/16)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 74,381 71,838# 4.1

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/16)

thous. of bbl./day 15,068 14,684# 6.1

COAL (8/9) thous. of net tons 21,429# 19,859 1.2

LUMBER (8/9) millions of ft. 477.4# 503.6 -4.2

RAIL FREIGHT (8/9)

billions of ton-miles 26.8# 26.2 3.5

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

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA*, SFPA**,

Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (8/15) S&P 500 900.81 933.54 35.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/15) 7.26% 7.15% -1.8

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/15) 107.9 108.3 -0.7

BUSINESS FAILURES (8/8) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/6) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/4) billions $3,945.8 $3,937.3 4.9

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (8/9)

thous. 316 304 -1.9

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

Federal Reserve, Labor Dept.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (8/20)

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