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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 9/13 thous. of net tons 1,793 1,753# -14.3

AUTOS 9/13 units 100,262 82,426r# 3.6

TRUCKS 9/13 units 164,412 135,568r# 1.1

ELECTRIC POWER 9/13 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 77,291 79,238# -3.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 9/13 thous. of bbl./day 15,563 15,694# 2.6

COAL 9/6 thous. of net tons 20,377# 21,237 -3.2

LUMBER 9/6 millions of ft. 423.6# 549.6 -5.4

RAIL FREIGHT 9/6 billions of ton-miles 27.6# 30.6 1.5

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 9/5 1992=100 128.6 127.7r 8.1

STOCK PRICES 9/11 S&P 500 1018.6 1021.4 14.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 9/11 5.8% 5.8% -6.3

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 9/1 billions $6,120.9 $6,113.0r 7.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 9/12 thous. 399 428r -5.9

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 9/12 432.4 408.8 21.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 9/12 2438.5 2883.6 -56.7

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 9/17 $/troy oz. 374.250 380.000 18.5

STEEL SCRAP 9/16 #1 heavy, $/ton 119.70 119.70 21.5

COPPER 9/12 cents/lb. 85.7 86.1 32.8

ALUMINUM 9/12 cents/lb. 66.8 68.0 -9.4

COTTON 9/12 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 59.49 56.57 52.9

OIL 9/17 $/bbl. 26.73 29.09 -9.0

CRB FOODSTUFFS 9/16 1967=100 243.54 241.53 7.3

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 9/16 1967=100 272.61 269.91 13.2

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 9/17 2.9071 2.8880 3.3525

BRITISH POUND 9/17 1.61 1.59 1.55

CANADIAN DOLLAR 9/17 1.37 1.37 1.58

EUROPEAN EURO 9/17 1.1284 1.1211 0.9778

JAPANESE YEN 9/17 116.03 117.09 121.50

KOREAN WON 9/17 1171.0 1170.1 1213.0

MEXICAN PESO 9/17 10.915 10.921 10.015

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 9/17 97.3 97.6 115.8

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 9/16 0.97% 0.95% 1.72%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 9/16 3-month 1.04 1.03 1.75

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 9/16 3-month 1.08 1.08 1.77

FIXED MORTGAGE 9/12 30-year 6.28 6.53 6.32

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 9/12 one-year 4.08 4.19 4.65

PRIME 9/16 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; 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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