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~~PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 3/19 thous. of net tons 2,024 2,009# 2.1

AUTOS 3/19 units 99,248 91,554r# 10.3

TRUCKS 3/19 units 163,964 166,447r# -1.9

ELECTRIC POWER 3/19 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 71,241 71,847# 0.9

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 3/19 thous. of bbl./day 15,074 15,053# 3.0

COAL 3/12 thous. of net tons 21,894# 21,808 9.4

LUMBER 3/12 millions of ft. 377.1# 393.6 8.9

RAIL FREIGHT 3/12 billions of ton-miles 32.2# 32.1 4.2

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 3/11 1992=100 135.9 135.2 1.3

STOCK PRICES 3/18 S&P 500 1189.7 1200.1 7.2

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 3/18 5.4% 5.4% 2.1

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 3/7 billions $6,451.5 $6,458.2r 5.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 3/19 thous. 324 321r -5.8

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 3/19 446.4 462.8 -0.6

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 3/19 1894.4 2267.5 -62.0

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 3/23 $/troy oz. 426.150 443.000 2.6

STEEL SCRAP 3/23 #1 heavy, $/ton 195.17 195.17 -20.1

COPPER 3/18 cents/lb. 155.1 154.7 10.5

ALUMINUM 3/18 cents/lb. 98.8 98.7 20.6

COTTON 3/18 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 52.81 52.50 -18.7

OIL 3/23 $/bbl. 49.06 56.15 32.7

CRB FOODSTUFFS 3/22 1967=100 252.05 258.22 -14.3

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 3/22 1967=100 334.02 335.63 4.5

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

Platt's Metals Week, Memphis market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

BRAZILIAN REAL 3/23 2.7489 2.7623 2.9330

BRITISH POUND 3/23 1.87 1.93 1.83

CANADIAN DOLLAR 3/23 1.22 1.21 1.34

EUROPEAN EURO 3/23 1.2986 1.3417 1.2135

JAPANESE YEN 3/23 105.96 104.17 106.22

KOREAN WON 3/23 1008.4 1003.8 1154.8

MEXICAN PESO 3/23 11.276 11.228 11.036

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 3/23 89.1 87.8 92.9

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 3/22 2.72% 2.61% 0.99%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3/21 3-month 2.90 NA 1.02

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3/22 3-month 3.00 2.98 1.04

FIXED MORTGAGE 3/18 30-year 6.05 5.94 5.55

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 3/18 one-year 4.52 4.47 3.55

PRIME 3/22 5.75 5.50 4.00

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 and not listed) include

machinery and defense equipment. 1=Western Wood Products Assn. 2=Southern

Forest Products Assn. no longer included. Historical data has been adjusted.

3=Free market value NA=Not available r=revised NM=Not meaningful

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