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Production Index Components


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Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL 8/19 thous. of net tons 2,068 2,015# 3.6

AUTOS 8/19 units 107,934 111,571# -7.6

TRUCKS 8/19 units 148,914 140,858# -6.4

ELECTRIC POWER 8/19 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 80,987 85,062# 3.9

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 8/19 thous. of bbl./day 15,765 15,470# 1.9

COAL 8/12 thous. of net tons 22,953# 22,909 8.5

LUMBER 8/12 millions of ft. 454.9# 462.6 -8.3

RAIL FREIGHT 8/12 billions of ton-miles 28.5# 28.7 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 8/11 1992=100 124.9 125.5 0.3

STOCK PRICES 8/18 S&P 500 1491.72 1471.84 11.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 8/18 7.53% 7.53% 2.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 8/7 billions $4,810.5 $4,795.2 5.6

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 8/18 thous. 314 310 9.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 8/18 294.4 313.3 8.6

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 8/18 383.6 403.3 -12.9

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 8/23 $/troy oz. 273.150 276.350 8.0

STEEL SCRAP 8/23 #1 heavy, $/ton 103.00 103.00 59.7

COPPER 8/18 cents/lb. 91.0 90.7 14.7

ALUMINUM 81/18 cents/lb. 74.5 74.5 7.2

COTTON 8/18 strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 59.20 59.35 11.3

OIL 8/23 $/bbl. 32.17 31.80 53.4

CRB FOODSTUFFS 8/22 1967=100 172.03 170.11 -9.8

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 8/22 1967=100 256.92 254.69 -2.7

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 8/23 1.8220 1.8110 1.9040

BRITISH POUND 8/23 1.49 1.50 1.59

CANADIAN DOLLAR 8/23 1.49 1.48 1.50

EUROPEAN EURO 8/23 0.9016 0.9161 1.0424

JAPANESE YEN 8/23 106.96 108.54 111.08

KOREAN WON 8/23 1113.2 1115.3 1191.5

MEXICAN PESO 8/23 9.277 9.195 9.310

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 8/23 113.3 112.7 108.4

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 8/22 6.42% 6.63% 5.08%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 8/22 3-month 6.50 6.48 5.30

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 8/23 3-month 6.60 6.61 5.42

FIXED MORTGAGE 8/18 30-year 8.14 8.14 8.00

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 8/18 one-year 7.39 7.33 6.33

PRIME 8/18 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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