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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 9/17 thous. of net tons 2,005 2,009# 2.0

AUTOS 9/17 units 94,704 70,286r# 6.1

TRUCKS 9/17 units 164,982 137,177r# 5.9

ELECTRIC POWER 9/17 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 83,365 80,692# 4.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 9/17 thous. of bbl./day 15,001 14,413# 0.3

COAL 9/10 thous. of net tons 21,601# 20,811 0.0

LUMBER 9/10 millions of ft. 332.8# 363.1 1.8

RAIL FREIGHT 9/10 billions of ton-miles 32.3# 33.4 6.3

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 9/9 1992=100 135.3 135.8r 2.9

STOCK PRICES 9/16 S&P 500 1237.9 1241.5 9.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 9/16 5.2% 5.1% -4.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 9/5 billions $6,564.1 $6,552.5r 4.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 9/17 thous. 432 424r 23.4

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 9/17 500.3 513.4 9.6

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 9/17 2353.7 2198.7 14.7

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 9/21 $/troy oz. 469.100 449.300 15.7

STEEL SCRAP 9/21 #1 heavy, $/ton 239.50 236.83 1.9

COPPER 9/16 cents/lb. 174.3 176.2 30.2

ALUMINUM 9/16 cents/lb. 86.4 87.1 3.2

COTTON 9/16 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 50.52 52.53 -3.8

OIL 9/21 $/bbl. 66.58 65.54 37.3

CRB FOODSTUFFS 9/20 1967=100 251.15 248.34 -7.4

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 9/20 1967=100 327.37 329.94 3.0

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 9/21 2.2750 2.3205 2.8843

BRITISH POUND 9/21 1.81 1.82 1.79

CANADIAN DOLLAR 9/21 1.17 1.18 1.28

EUROPEAN EURO 9/21 1.2214 1.2286 1.2269

JAPANESE YEN 9/21 111.29 110.38 110.60

KOREAN WON 9/21 1028.2 1025.4 1144.3

MEXICAN PESO 9/21 10.810 10.821 11.422

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 9/21 90.3 90.1 93.3

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 9/20 3.67% 3.45% 1.70%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 9/19 3-month NA NA 1.78

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 9/20 3-month 3.88 3.84 1.89

FIXED MORTGAGE 9/16 30-year 5.91 5.87 5.86

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 9/16 one-year 4.85 4.83 4.05

PRIME 9/20 6.75 6.50 4.75

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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