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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL 10/15 thous. of net tons 2,008 1,995# 1.2

AUTOS 10/15 units 82,759 86,610r# -4.5

TRUCKS 10/15 units 160,294 162,704r# -4.7

ELECTRIC POWER 10/15 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 71,097 76,603# 3.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 10/15 thous. of bbl./day 13,102 12,080# -11.1

COAL 10/8 thous. of net tons 20,809# 21,760 -3.1

LUMBER 10/8 millions of ft. 378.2# 391.9 3.9

RAIL FREIGHT 10/8 billions of ton-miles 33.3# 33.4 -3.5

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 10/7 1992=100 135.0 135.0r 3.0

STOCK PRICES 10/14 S&P 500 1186.6 1195.9 7.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 10/14 5.4% 5.3% -1.5

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 10/3 billions $6,622.4 $6,598.7r 4.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 10/15 thous. 355 390r 6.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 10/15 503.9 469.5 9.2

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 10/15 2095.7 2004.9 -2.8

Sources: Economic Cycle Research Institute, Standard & Poor's, Moody's,

Federal Reserve, Labor Dept., Mortgage Bankers Assn. (Index: March 16,

1990=100)

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

GOLD 10/19 $/troy oz. 465.900 475.100 10.0

STEEL SCRAP 10/19 #1 heavy, $/ton 208.00 208.00 -6.2

COPPER 10/14 cents/lb. 193.7 191.9 36.9

ALUMINUM 10/14 cents/lb. 92.2 88.9 2.8

COTTON 10/14 strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 57.30 54.72 20.9

OIL 10/19 $/bbl. 62.47 63.72 14.2

CRB FOODSTUFFS 10/18 1967=100 258.67 244.77 0.0

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 10/18 1967=100 333.47 334.95 6.6

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 10/19 2.2383 2.2545 2.8748

BRITISH POUND 10/19 1.77 1.75 1.82

CANADIAN DOLLAR 10/19 1.18 1.17 1.25

EUROPEAN EURO 10/19 1.1992 1.2024 1.2590

JAPANESE YEN 10/19 115.44 114.38 108.24

KOREAN WON 10/19 1053.4 1043.2 1142.4

MEXICAN PESO 10/19 10.839 10.929 11.482

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 10/19 91.8 91.4 91.7

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 10/18 3.71% 3.72% 1.72%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 10/17 3-month NA NA NA

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 10/18 3-month 4.13 4.08 2.03

FIXED MORTGAGE 10/14 30-year 6.17 6.13 5.82

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 10/14 one-year 5.06 5.06 4.04

PRIME 10/18 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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