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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 8/27 thous. of net tons 1,973 1,955# -2.5

AUTOS 8/27 units 88,219 93,467r# 5.1

TRUCKS 8/27 units 156,654 153,356r# -0.2

ELECTRIC POWER 8/27 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 89,035 30,588# 6.1

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 8/27 thous. of bbl./day 16,110 15,587# -1.0

COAL 8/20 thous. of net tons 21,287# 21,485 -0.3

LUMBER 8/20 millions of ft. 382.0# 385.2 2.0

RAIL FREIGHT 8/20 billions of ton-miles 33.5# 33.5 2.8

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 8/19 1992=100 135.4 135.5r 3.3

STOCK PRICES 8/26 S&P 500 1205.1 1219.7 8.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 8/26 5.0% 5.1% -10.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 8/15 billions $6,526.4 $6,521.7 3.5

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 8/27 thous. 320 317r -9.6

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 8/27 470.6 488.4 6.2

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 8/27 2187.8 2313.9 21.3

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 8/31 $/troy oz. 433.250 440.000 6.3

STEEL SCRAP 8/31 #1 heavy, $/ton 199.93 157.67 -14.9

COPPER 8/26 cents/lb. 179.0 179.5 37.6

ALUMINUM 8/26 cents/lb. 88.8 89.3 5.9

COTTON 8/26 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 48.83 47.76 -4.9

OIL 8/31 $/bbl. 69.34 67.35 58.9

CRB FOODSTUFFS 8/30 1967=100 248.47 248.96 -10.5

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 8/30 1967=100 327.22 326.00 5.1

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 8/31 2.3570 2.4528 2.9351

BRITISH POUND 8/31 1.80 1.80 1.79

CANADIAN DOLLAR 8/31 1.19 1.19 1.31

EUROPEAN EURO 8/31 1.2346 1.2272 1.2188

JAPANESE YEN 8/31 110.60 110.22 109.52

KOREAN WON 8/31 1034.5 1029.6 1151.2

MEXICAN PESO 8/31 10.751 10.909 11.436

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 8/31 90.4 90.5 93.7

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 8/30 3.52% 3.49% 1.55%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 8/29 3-month NA NA NA

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 8/30 3-month 3.84 3.80 1.76

FIXED MORTGAGE 8/26 30-year 5.95 5.97 5.97

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 8/26 one-year 4.93 4.93 4.10

PRIME 8/30 6.50 6.50 4.50

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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