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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (4/24) thous. of net tons 1,961 1,875# -10.6

AUTOS (4/24) units 128,630 125,353r# 7.0

TRUCKS (4/24) units 164,058 161,968r# 9.4

ELECTRIC POWER (4/24) millions

of kilowatt-hrs. 58,935 59,234# 4.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/24)

thous. of bbl./day 14,774 15,004# -0.8

COAL (4/17) thous. of net tons 21,158# 20,195 6.2

LUMBER (4/17) millions of ft. 502.5# 515.2 0.8

RAIL FREIGHT (4/17) billions

of ton-miles 27.0# 25.8 3.4

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

ECRI LEADING INDEX (4/16) 1992=100 122.1 120.7 1.1

STOCK PRICES (4/23) S&P 500 1356.85 1319.00 21.2

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/23) 6.69% 6.65% -0.4

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/12) billions $4,465.1 $4,476.9r 7.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(4/16) thous. 314 319r -0.3

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE (4/23) 278.9 288.2 15.5

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE (4/23) 1,093.4 1,155.7 -5.5

Sources: Economic Cycle Research Institute, 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 (4/28) $/troy oz. 283.000 283.250 -8.2

STEEL SCRAP (4/27)#1 heavy, $/ton 77.00 77.00 -42.3

COPPER (4/23) cents/lb. 73.1 69.4 -16.6

ALUMINUM (4/23) cents/lb. 63.8 63.0 -8.6

COTTON (4/23) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 58.47 59.98 -5.1

OIL (4/27) $/bbl. 17.55 17.53 13.3

CRB FOODSTUFFS (4/27) 1967=100 188.40 190.28 -19.2

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (4/27) 1967=100 258.04 258.11 -15.7

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis

market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

BRAZILIAN REAL (4/28) 1.6980 1.7275 1.1449

BRITISH POUND (4/28) 1.62 1.61 1.67

CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/28) 1.48 1.49 1.44

EUROPEAN EURO (4/28) 1.0630 1.0584 NA

JAPANESE YEN (4/28) 119.01 119.85 132.32

KOREAN WON (4/28) 1178.0 1188.0 1334.5

MEXICAN PESO (4/28)3 9.293 9.370 8.490

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX

(4/28) 109.4 109.9 110.4

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar,

except for British Pound and European Euro in dollars. Trade-weighted dollar

via J.P. Morgan.

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (4/27) 4.83% 4.49 % 5.28 %

COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/27) 3-month 4.73 4.78 5.51

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (4/28) 3-month 4.87 4.87 5.61

FIXED MORTGAGE (4/23) 30-year 6.98 6.96 7.19

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (4/23) one-year 5.77 5.80 5.77

PRIME (4/23) 7.75 7.75 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. 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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