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The production index rose in the week ended June 6. The unaveraged index wasalso up, to 134.9, from 133.6. After seasonal adjustment, rail freight jumpedby 1.9%, with strong increases in grain traffic, which had been weak thisyear. Electric power was up 1.8%, with large increases in the South Centraland Southeast regions. Auto and truck production also rose, prior to GeneralMotors Corp.'s being hit by a strike at it's Flint, MI, plant. Lumber outputrose, as did steel and coal production.BW production index copyright 1998 Bloomberg L.P.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (6/13) thous. of net tons 2,190 2,174 # 4.8

AUTOS (6/13) units 112,852 112,774 r# -7.3

TRUCKS (6/13) units 124,136 144,285 r# -4.3

ELECTRIC POWER (6/13)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 64,274 66,333 # 3.8

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (6/13)

thous. of bbl./day 15,507 15,245 # 2.8

COAL (6/6) thous. of net tons 21,581 # 20,984 2.5

LUMBER (6/6) millions of ft. 494.9 # 374.3 -0.4

RAIL FREIGHT (6/6) billions of ton-miles 27.8 # 26.2 5.3

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 (6/12) S&P 500 1098.84 1113.86 23.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (6/12) 6.52 % 6.59 % -12.4

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (6/1) billions $4,188.4 $4,169.1 r 7.2

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (6/6) thous. 315 338 r -6.5

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE (6/12) 262.1 272.1

24.8

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE (6/12) 1,209.6 1,120.7 222.0

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Federal Reserve, Labor Dept., Mortgage

Bankers Assn. (Index: March 16, 1990=100)

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (6/17) $/troy oz. 290.000 293.000 -15.1

STEEL SCRAP (6/16) #1 heavy, $/ton 134.50 134.50 -2.9

COPPER (6/12) cents/lb. 80.0 79.0 -34.3

ALUMINUM (6/12) cents/lb. 64.0 64.5 -16.9

COTTON (6/13) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 72.11 71.94 1.8

OIL (6/16) $/bbl. 11.94 13.56 -36.7

CRB FOODSTUFFS (6/16) 1967=100 240.14 238.13 -1.1

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (6/16) 1967=100 297.83 302.29 -12.0

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 (6/17) 137.55 141.63 113.43

GERMAN MARK (6/17) 1.79 1.80 1.73

BRITISH POUND (6/17) 1.67 1.63 1.64

FRENCH FRANC (6/17) 5.99 6.03 5.85

ITALIAN LIRA (6/17) 1759.0 1770.5 1697.5

CANADIAN DOLLAR (6/17) 1.46 1.47 1.39

MEXICAN PESO (6/17)*** 8.875 8.881 7.909

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX (6/17) 112.9 113.8 103.4

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 (6/16) 5.55 % 5.38 % 5.46 %

COMMERCIAL PAPER (6/16) 3-month 5.50 5.50 5.64

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (6/17) 3-month 5.60 5.58 5.65

FIXED MORTGAGE (6/12) 30-year 7.11 7.10 7.90

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (6/12) one-year 5.79 5.80 5.98

PRIME (6/12) 8.50 8.50 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. * Western Wood Products Assn. ** Southern

Forest Products Assn. *** Free market value NA=Not available r=Revised

NM=Not meaningful

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