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Production Index Components


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Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL 5/27 thous. of net tons 2,304 2,354# 14.5

AUTOS 5/27 units 108,199 126,962r# -1.4

TRUCKS 5/27 units 148,149 166,437r# -4.7

ELECTRIC POWER 5/27 millions of kilowatt-hrs. NA 64,750# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 5/27 thous. of bbl./day NA 15,388# NA

COAL 5/20 thous. of net tons 21,441# 21,241 3.2

LUMBER 5/20 millions of ft. 517.7# 535.3 -4.3

RAIL FREIGHT 5/20 billions of ton-miles 27.4# 27.3 -1.8

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 5/19 1992=100 125.6 124.7 0.5

STOCK PRICES 5/26 S&P 500 1378.02 1406.95 5.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 5/26 7.90% 8.10% 12.5

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 5/15 billions $4,753.5 $4,739.6r 5.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 5/19 thous. 284 278r -5.6

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 5/26 302.8 326.3 0.9

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 5/26 294.4 328.9 -65.5

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 5/31 $/troy oz. 272.250 273.900 1.9

STEEL SCRAP 5/31 #1 heavy, $/ton 103.00 103.00 41.1

COPPER 5/26 cents/lb. 87.0 88.1 26.9

ALUMINUM 5/26 cents/lb. 72.3 72.5 13.8

COTTON 5/26 strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 62.34 61.17 8.9

OIL 5/30 $/bbl. 30.10 28.37 86.6

CRB FOODSTUFFS 5/30 1967=100 193.14 194.60 -0.9

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 5/30 1967=100 267.31 269.39 8.0

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 5/31 1.8260 1.8400 1.7375

BRITISH POUND 5/31 1.49 1.48 1.60

CANADIAN DOLLAR 5/31 1.50 1.51 1.48

EUROPEAN EURO 5/31 0.9283 0.9044 1.0359

JAPANESE YEN 5/31 107.72 107.68 121.49

KOREAN WON 5/31 1124.0 1133.3 1186.1

MEXICAN PESO 5/31 9.506 9.530 9.700

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 5/31 112.2 113.5 111.0

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 5/30 6.71% 6.47% 4.78%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 5/30 3-month 6.62 6.61 4.86

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 5/31 3-month 6.84 6.76 5.02

FIXED MORTGAGE 5/26 30-year 8.74 8.82 7.31

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 5/26 one-year 7.32 7.37 5.86

PRIME 5/26 9.50 9.50 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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