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Production Index Components


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Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL 7/29 thous. of net tons 2,168 2,097# 14.2

AUTOS 7/29 units 123,064 98,290r# 14.1

TRUCKS 7/29 units 156,736 120,022r# 11.7

ELECTRIC POWER 7/29 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 77,515 78,815# -8.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 7/29 thous. of bbl./day 15,616 15,674# 1.6

COAL 7/22 thous. of net tons 22,950# 22,265 9.8

LUMBER 7/22 millions of ft. 494.9# 506.1r -8.8

RAIL FREIGHT 7/22 billions of ton-miles 28.2# 27.0 8.0

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 7/21 1992=100 126.2 125.6 0.5

STOCK PRICES 7/28 S&P 500 1419.89 1480.19 6.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 7/28 7.59% 7.60% 3.1

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 7/17 billions $4,790.7 $4,785.2r 5.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 7/28 thous. 276 274 0.4

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 7/28 306.6 313.1 4.5

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 7/28 346.0 359.6 -24.5

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 8/2 $/troy oz. 277.600 279.400 8.5

STEEL SCRAP 8/2 #1 heavy, $/ton 103.00 103.00 63.5

COPPER 7/28 cents/lb. 90.7 88.9 16.0

ALUMINUM 7/28 cents/lb. 76.5 77.5 11.2

COTTON 7/28 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 57.14 57.72 7.6

OIL 8/2 $/bbl. 28.06 27.66 39.3

CRB FOODSTUFFS 8/1 1967=100 172.46 173.05 -9.7

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 8/1 1967=100 254.39 255.87 -2.4

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 8/2 1.7950 1.7885 1.8290

BRITISH POUND 8/2 1.50 1.52 1.62

CANADIAN DOLLAR 8/2 1.48 1.46 1.49

EUROPEAN EURO 8/2 0.9137 0.9428 1.0775

JAPANESE YEN 8/2 108.99 109.19 114.32

KOREAN WON 8/2 1115.7 1115.3 1201.0

MEXICAN PESO 8/2 9.355 9.363 9.430

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 8/2 112.9 111.5 107.8

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 8/1 6.51% 6.46% 4.98%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 8/1 3-month 6.52 6.54 5.16

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 8/2 3-month 6.67 6.65 5.35

FIXED MORTGAGE 7/28 30-year 8.27 8.35 7.93

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 7/28 one-year 7.35 7.38 6.15

PRIME 7/28 9.50 9.50 8.00

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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