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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 8/16 thous. of net tons 1,786 1,823# -8.1

AUTOS 8/16 units 83,243 81,709r# -18.5

TRUCKS 8/16 units 147,186 146,862r# -2.3

ELECTRIC POWER 8/16 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 86,810 85,595# 0.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 8/16 thous. of bbl./day 15,753 15,609# 1.3

COAL 8/9 thous. of net tons 20,626# 20,824 3.3

LUMBER 8/9 millions of ft. 508.6# 507.9r 0.0

RAIL FREIGHT 8/9 billions of ton-miles 28.7# 29.3 -0.7

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

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

Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

ECRI LEADING INDEX 8/8 1992=100 127.5 128.5r 7.6

STOCK PRICES 8/14 S&P 500 990.7 977.6 6.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 8/14 6.0% 5.8% -6.3

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 8/4 billions $6,123.1 $6,088.6r 8.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 8/15 thous. 386 403r -2.3

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 8/15 389.5 409.6 4.8

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 8/15 2756.8 3238.4 -50.1

Sources: Economic Cycle Research Institute, Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Fed-

eral Reserve, Labor Dept., Mortgage Bankers Assn. (Index: March 16, 1990=100)

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD 8/20 $/troy oz. 363.700 358.650 18.6

STEEL SCRAP 8/19 #1 heavy, $/ton 119.17 119.17 22.9

COPPER 8/15 cents/lb. 83.6 84.8 16.7

ALUMINUM 8/15 cents/lb. 67.0 69.0 6.8

COTTON 8/15 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 53.49 54.96 29.6

OIL 8/20 $/bbl. 30.55 30.40 1.6

CRB FOODSTUFFS 8/19 1967=100 235.04 233.59 5.5

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 8/19 1967=100 263.68 262.21 9.7

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 8/20 3.0025 3.0065 3.0810

BRITISH POUND 8/20 1.59 1.61 1.53

CANADIAN DOLLAR 8/20 1.40 1.38 1.56

EUROPEAN EURO 8/20 1.1119 1.1321 0.9810

JAPANESE YEN 8/20 118.10 119.15 118.51

KOREAN WON 8/20 1175.6 1179.8 1192.2

MEXICAN PESO 8/20 10.826 10.704 9.803

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 8/20 98.3 97.7 114.6

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 8/19 0.93% 1.00% 1.70%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 8/19 3-month 1.05 1.03 1.69

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 8/19 3-month 1.08 1.08 1.73

FIXED MORTGAGE 8/15 30-year 6.47 6.50 6.34

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 8/15 one-year 4.06 4.12 4.55

PRIME 8/14 4.00 4.00 4.75

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 and not 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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