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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 9/10 thous. of net tons 2,009 1,984# 1.9

AUTOS 9/10 units 72,390 79,053r# 4.5

TRUCKS 9/10 units 132,388 149,946r# 4.4

ELECTRIC POWER 9/10 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 80,692 86,069# 2.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 9/10 thous. of bbl./day 14,413 14,479# -10.5

COAL 9/3 thous. of net tons 20,811# 20,832 -3.6

LUMBER 9/3 millions of ft. 363.1# 378.3 1.0

RAIL FREIGHT 9/3 billions of ton-miles 33.4# 33.6 0.6

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 9/2 1992=100 135.9 135.3r 2.9

STOCK PRICES 9/9 S&P 500 1241.5 1218.0 10.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 9/9 5.1% 5.0% -8.7

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 8/29 billions $6,553.6 $6,560.8r 3.8

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 9/10 thous. 398 327r 19.5

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 9/10 513.4 499.1 12.7

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 9/10 2198.7 2357.1 11.5

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 9/14 $/troy oz. 449.300 445.050 11.1

STEEL SCRAP 9/14 #1 heavy, $/ton 236.83 199.93 0.8

COPPER 9/9 cents/lb. 176.2 177.0 33.3

ALUMINUM 9/9 cents/lb. 87.1 87.9 6.6

COTTON 9/9 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 52.53 50.11 -2.7

OIL 9/14 $/bbl. 65.54 64.85 51.1

CRB FOODSTUFFS 9/13 1967=100 248.34 245.13 -9.2

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 9/13 1967=100 329.94 330.47 3.2

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 9/14 2.3205 2.3248 2.9030

BRITISH POUND 9/14 1.82 1.84 1.78

CANADIAN DOLLAR 9/14 1.18 1.19 1.30

EUROPEAN EURO 9/14 1.2286 1.2417 1.2151

JAPANESE YEN 9/14 110.38 110.10 110.03

KOREAN WON 9/14 1025.4 1026.5 1144.2

MEXICAN PESO 9/14 10.821 10.736 11.523

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 9/14 90.1 89.7 93.9

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 9/13 3.45% 3.57% 1.40%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 9/12 3-month NA NA NA

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 9/13 3-month 3.84 3.74 1.84

FIXED MORTGAGE 9/9 30-year 5.87 5.90 5.93

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 9/9 one-year 4.83 4.91 4.10

PRIME 9/13 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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