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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 9/24 thous. of net tons 2,016 2,005# -0.8

AUTOS 9/24 units 95,115 96,387r# 3.8

TRUCKS 9/24 units 175,341 172,717r# 11.8

ELECTRIC POWER 9/24 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 82,918 83,365# 4.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 9/24 thous. of bbl./day 14,396 15,001# 2.1

COAL 9/17 thous. of net tons 21,484# 21,601 -0.2

LUMBER 9/17 millions of ft. 390.3# 332.8 2.4

RAIL FREIGHT 9/17 billions of ton-miles 34.6# 32.3 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 9/16 1992=100 134.3 134.7r 2.4

STOCK PRICES 9/23 S&P 500 1215.3 1237.9 9.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 9/23 5.2% 5.2% -3.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 9/12 billions $6,557.3 $6,564.3r 3.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 9/24 thous. 356 435r 0.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 9/24 483.1 500.3 3.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 9/24 2106.6 2353.7 -4.7

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 9/28 $/troy oz. 464.000 469.100 12.4

STEEL SCRAP 9/28 #1 heavy, $/ton 239.50 239.50 1.9

COPPER 9/23 cents/lb. 183.1 174.3 30.2

ALUMINUM 9/23 cents/lb. 86.7 86.4 -1.2

COTTON 9/23 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 51.98 50.52 2.1

OIL 9/28 $/bbl. 66.75 66.58 35.1

CRB FOODSTUFFS 9/27 1967=100 252.56 251.15 -5.2

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 9/27 1967=100 330.60 327.37 3.8

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 9/28 2.2272 2.2750 2.8505

BRITISH POUND 9/28 1.77 1.81 1.80

CANADIAN DOLLAR 9/28 1.17 1.17 1.27

EUROPEAN EURO 9/28 1.2036 1.2214 1.2333

JAPANESE YEN 9/28 113.11 111.29 110.89

KOREAN WON 9/28 1037.6 1028.2 1153.2

MEXICAN PESO 9/28 10.852 10.810 11.419

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 9/28 91.2 90.3 93.2

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 9/27 3.73% 3.67% 1.72%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 9/26 3-month 3.84 NA 1.82

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 9/27 3-month 3.97 3.88 1.93

FIXED MORTGAGE 9/23 30-year 5.97 5.91 5.93

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 9/23 one-year 4.88 4.85 4.10

PRIME 9/27 6.75 6.75 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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