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Production Index Components


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Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL 9/9 thous. of net tons 2,097 2,078# 5.4

AUTOS 9/9 units 96,311 113,388r# -0.2

TRUCKS 9/9 units 106,232 120,945r# -19.3

ELECTRIC POWER 9/9 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 75,610 82,445# 3.5

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 9/9 thous. of bbl./day 15,552 15,518# 2.9

COAL 9/2 thous. of net tons 24,338# 23,693 12.6

LUMBER 9/2 millions of ft. 479.7# 447.8r 1.1

RAIL FREIGHT 9/2 billions of ton-miles 29.8# 29.1 1.7

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 9/1 1992=100 125.0 124.5r 1.3

STOCK PRICES 9/8 S&P 500 1494.50 1520.77 10.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 9/8 7.54% 7.51% 2.0

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 8/28 billions $4,837.9 $4,829.3r 5.9

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 9/8 thous. 324 311r 11.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 9/8 324.4 307.4 16.4

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 9/8 452.9 404.5 14.9

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 9/13 $/troy oz. 272.500 274.150 6.0

STEEL SCRAP 9/13 #1 heavy, $/ton 89.00 89.00r -7.5

COPPER 9/8 cents/lb. 95.0 92.3 11.2

ALUMINUM 9/8 cents/lb. 77.5 75.8 8.4

COTTON 9/8 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 59.69 58.83 20.7

OIL 9/13 $/bbl. 33.54 34.80 41.5

CRB FOODSTUFFS 9/12 1967=100 173.82 173.55 -8.9

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 9/12 1967=100 258.61 258.03 -4.5

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Iron Age Scrap Price Bulletin, Metals

Week, Memphis market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

BRAZILIAN REAL 9/13 1.8315 1.8200 1.8800

BRITISH POUND 9/13 1.41 1.44 1.61

CANADIAN DOLLAR 9/13 1.48 1.48 1.48

EUROPEAN EURO 9/13 0.8594 0.8701 1.0409

JAPANESE YEN 9/13 107.08 105.89 104.68

KOREAN WON 9/13 1109.0 1107.4 1195.5

MEXICAN PESO 9/13 9.284 9.343 9.315

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 9/13 115.2 114.4 106.0

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 9/12 6.47% 6.61% 5.26%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 9/12 3-month 6.47 6.46 5.30

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 9/13 3-month 6.59 6.58 5.44

FIXED MORTGAGE 9/8 30-year 8.06 8.12 8.06

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 9/8 one-year 7.32 7.35 6.38

PRIME 9/8 9.50 9.50 8.25

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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