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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 8/30 thous. of net tons 1,743 1,723# -12.5

AUTOS 8/30 units 100,344 98,170r# 8.5

TRUCKS 8/30 units 152,537 161,582r# 6.1

ELECTRIC POWER 8/30 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 88,374 89,046# 9.4

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 8/30 thous. of bbl./day 15,484 15,484# 0.0

COAL 8/23 thous. of net tons 2,087# 21,008 -89.7

LUMBER 8/23 millions of ft. 534.0# 530.0r -0.2

RAIL FREIGHT 8/23 billions of ton-miles 29.7# 29.5 1.0

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 8/22 1992=100 127.8 127.6r 7.5

STOCK PRICES 8/28 S&P 500 1008.0 993.1 10.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 8/28 5.8% 5.9% -7.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 8/18 billions $6,178.5 $6,135.0 8.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 8/29 thous. 413 398r 1.5

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 8/29 396.1 375.5 10.1

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 8/29 1981.5 2169.0 -61.4

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 9/3 $/troy oz. 370.000 371.250 18.2

STEEL SCRAP 9/2 #1 heavy, $/ton 119.70 119.17 23.4

COPPER 8/29 cents/lb. 83.8 78.0 15.2

ALUMINUM 8/29 cents/lb. 67.5 65.5 7.1

COTTON 8/29 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 55.56 54.24 37.1

OIL 9/3 $/bbl. 29.20 30.91 4.0

CRB FOODSTUFFS 9/2 1967=100 237.26 237.09 6.5

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 9/2 1967=100 267.43 265.50 10.5

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 9/3 2.9610 2.9561 3.1150

BRITISH POUND 9/3 1.57 1.57 1.56

CANADIAN DOLLAR 9/3 1.38 1.40 1.57

EUROPEAN EURO 9/3 1.0846 1.0888 0.9919

JAPANESE YEN 9/3 115.90 117.41 118.02

KOREAN WON 9/3 1174.3 1177.9 1195.3

MEXICAN PESO 9/3 10.919 10.927 9.980

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 9/3 98.4 98.9 114.0

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 9/2 1.06% 1.00% 1.87%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 9/2 3-month 1.04 1.04 1.73

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 9/2 3-month 1.09 1.10 1.74

FIXED MORTGAGE 8/29 30-year 6.52 6.48 6.35

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 8/29 one-year 4.19 4.10 4.56

PRIME 9/2 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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