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Production Index Components


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Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL 5/20 thous. of net tons 2,354 2,325# 18.5

AUTOS 5/20 units 124,986 122,539r# -1.1

TRUCKS 5/20 units 165,766 162,015r# -0.3

ELECTRIC POWER 5/20 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 64,750 68,143# 4.7

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 5/20 thous. of bbl./day 15,388 15,275# 2.8

COAL 5/13 thous. of net tons 21,241# 21,801 5.0

LUMBER 5/13 millions of ft. 535.3# 535.3 0.9

RAIL FREIGHT 5/13 billions of ton-miles 27.3# 27.5 -0.4

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

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA, SFPAFD,

Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

ECRI LEADING INDEX 5/12 1992=100 125.0 125.5 0.5

STOCK PRICES 5/19 S&P 500 1406.95 1420.96 5.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 5/19 8.10% 8.12% 16.4

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 5/8 billions $4,739.8 $4,758.5r 5.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 5/12 thous. 276 297r -8.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 5/19 326.3 296.6 11.4

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 5/19 328.9 330.9 -60.5

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 5/24 $/troy oz. 273.900 273.100 1.6

STEEL SCRAP 5/24 #1 heavy, $/ton 103.00 103.00 33.8

COPPER 5/19 cents/lb. 88.1 87.1 22.0

ALUMINUM 5/19 cents/lb. 72.5 70.3 10.7

COTTON 5/19 strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 61.17 59.88 5.8

OIL 5/23 $/bbl. 28.37 29.46 66.3

CRB FOODSTUFFS 5/23 1967=100 194.60 193.46 1.0

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 5/23 1967=100 269.39 264.73 7.8

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 5/24 1.8485 1.8300 1.7010

BRITISH POUND 5/24 1.48 1.50 1.59

CANADIAN DOLLAR 5/24 1.51 1.50 1.47

EUROPEAN EURO 5/24 0.9085 0.8959 1.0443

JAPANESE YEN 5/24 107.68 109.32 122.38

KOREAN WON 5/24 1133.3 1115.3 1191.0

MEXICAN PESO 5/24 9.531 9.544 9.663

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 5/24 113.5 114.5 110.7

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 5/23 6.47% 6.13% 4.80%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 5/23 3-month 6.61 6.57 4.83

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 5/24 3-month 6.76 6.76 4.95

FIXED MORTGAGE 5/19 30-year 8.82 8.75 7.30

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 5/19 one-year 7.37 7.18 5.82

PRIME 5/19 9.50 9.00 7.75

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 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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