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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 9/3 thous. of net tons 1,984 1,973# -1.8

AUTOS 9/3 units 81,181 89,938r# 5.0

TRUCKS 9/3 units 146,543 162,301r# -4.1

ELECTRIC POWER 9/3 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 86,069 89,035# 3.7

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 9/3 thous. of bbl./day 14,479 16,110# -10.5

COAL 8/27 thous. of net tons 20,832# 21,287 -4.5

LUMBER 8/27 millions of ft. 378.3# 382.0 -34.4

RAIL FREIGHT 8/27 billions of ton-miles 33.6# 33.5 0.3

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 8/26 1992=100 135.2 135.3r 3.3

STOCK PRICES 9/2 S&P 500 1218.0 1205.1 9.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 9/2 5.0% 5.0% -12.1

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 8/22 billions $6,560.9 $6,536.6r 3.8

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 9/3 thous. 319 320 -2.1

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 9/3 499.1 470.6 4.9

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 9/3 2357.1 2187.8 20.9

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 9/7 $/troy oz. 445.050 433.250 12.3

STEEL SCRAP 9/7 #1 heavy, $/ton 199.93 199.93 -14.9

COPPER 9/2 cents/lb. 177.0 179.0 34.8

ALUMINUM 9/2 cents/lb. 87.9 88.8 6.0

COTTON 9/2 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 50.11 48.83 -7.4

OIL 9/7 $/bbl. 64.85 69.34 52.7

CRB FOODSTUFFS 9/6 1967=100 245.13 248.47 -11.3

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 9/6 1967=100 330.47 327.22 7.0

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 9/7 2.3248 2.3570 2.9000

BRITISH POUND 9/7 1.84 1.80 1.79

CANADIAN DOLLAR 9/7 1.19 1.19 1.29

EUROPEAN EURO 9/7 1.2417 1.2346 1.2183

JAPANESE YEN 9/7 110.10 110.60 109.35

KOREAN WON 9/7 1026.5 1034.5 1149.2

MEXICAN PESO 9/7 10.736 10.751 11.586

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 9/7 89.7 90.4 93.6

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 9/6 3.57% 3.52% 1.54%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 9/5 3-month NA NA NA

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 9/6 3-month 3.74 3.84 1.78

FIXED MORTGAGE 9/2 30-year 5.90 5.95 5.90

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 9/2 one-year 4.91 4.93 4.09

PRIME 9/6 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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