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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 10/1 thous. of net tons 1,990 2,016# -2.0

AUTOS 10/1 units 89,847 94,306r# -5.3

TRUCKS 10/1 units 166,481 177,317r# 3.6

ELECTRIC POWER 10/1 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 76,340 82,918# 7.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 10/1 thous. of bbl./day 11,337 14,396# -23.2

COAL 9/24 thous. of net tons 21,431# 21,484 2.8

LUMBER 9/24 millions of ft. 393.6# 390.3 1.6

RAIL FREIGHT 9/24 billions of ton-miles 33.1# 34.6 1.5

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 9/23 1992=100 135.8 134.3 3.2

STOCK PRICES 9/30 S&P 500 1228.8 1215.3 8.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 9/30 5.2% 5.2% -5.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 9/19 billions $6,592.3 $6,557.0r 3.8

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 10/1 thous. 390 369r 14.4

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 10/1 473.8 483.1 3.2

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 10/1 2107.4 2106.6 -7.2

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 10/5 $/troy oz. 463.500 464.000 10.8

STEEL SCRAP 10/5 #1 heavy, $/ton 239.50 239.50 1.9

COPPER 9/30 cents/lb. 188.6 183.1 30.5

ALUMINUM 9/30 cents/lb. 88.0 86.7 -1.3

COTTON 9/30 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 54.51 51.98 9.5

OIL 10/5 $/bbl. 62.84 66.75 20.8

CRB FOODSTUFFS 10/4 1967=100 255.93 252.56 -2.5

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 10/4 1967=100 330.39 330.60 4.2

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 10/5 2.2678 2.2272 2.8358

BRITISH POUND 10/5 1.76 1.77 1.78

CANADIAN DOLLAR 10/5 1.18 1.17 1.26

EUROPEAN EURO 10/5 1.1974 1.2036 1.2287

JAPANESE YEN 10/5 114.01 113.11 111.35

KOREAN WON 10/5 1039.5 1037.6 1152.5

MEXICAN PESO 10/5 10.717 10.852 11.288

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 10/5 91.2 91.2 92.9

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 10/4 3.75% 3.73% 1.73%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 10/3 3-month NA 3.84 NA

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 10/4 3-month 4.05 3.97 2.00

FIXED MORTGAGE 9/30 30-year 6.05 5.97 5.86

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 9/30 one-year 4.96 4.88 4.05

PRIME 10/4 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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