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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 11/5 thous. of net tons 1,960 1,966# -0.1

AUTOS 11/5 units 83,974 90,495r# 3.5

TRUCKS 11/5 units 147,827 162,394r# 0.1

ELECTRIC POWER 11/5 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 69,726 69,348# 0.5

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 11/5 thous. of bbl./day 14,297 13,776# -6.7

COAL 10/29 thous. of net tons 21,259# 21,539 -1.0

LUMBER 10/29 millions of ft. 365.2# 380.5 -36.1

RAIL FREIGHT 10/29 billions of ton-miles 34.8# 35.2 0.0

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 10/28 1992=100 134.7 135.6 2.1

STOCK PRICES 11/4 S&P 500 1220.1 1198.4 4.6

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 11/4 5.5% 5.4% -0.5

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 10/24 billions $6,636.5 $6,635.5 4.1

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 11/5 thous. 326 324r -1.5

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 11/5 465.7 437.6 -3.6

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 11/5 1798.8 1862.8 -16.3

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 11/9 $/troy oz. 462.550 460.800 6.7

STEEL SCRAP 11/9 #1 heavy, $/ton 208.00 208.00 -16.6

COPPER 11/4 cents/lb. 195.9 199.0 40.2

ALUMINUM 11/4 cents/lb. 95.4 92.5 4.7

COTTON 11/4 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 53.09 54.53 14.8

OIL 11/9 $/bbl. 59.33 60.10 22.0

CRB FOODSTUFFS 11/8 1967=100 252.96 255.61 -5.7

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 11/8 1967=100 333.18 332.01 4.3

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 11/9 2.1755 2.2385 2.8252

BRITISH POUND 11/9 1.74 1.78 1.85

CANADIAN DOLLAR 11/9 1.19 1.18 1.19

EUROPEAN EURO 11/9 1.1765 1.2073 1.2889

JAPANESE YEN 11/9 117.52 116.88 107.13

KOREAN WON 11/9 1046.3 1039.5 1110.4

MEXICAN PESO 11/9 10.732 10.738 11.424

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 11/9 92.4 91.6 90.1

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 11/8 3.95% 3.99% 1.79%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 11/7 3-month NA NA NA

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 11/8 3-month 4.26 4.23 2.23

FIXED MORTGAGE 11/4 30-year 6.41 6.29 5.80

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 11/4 one-year 5.24 5.17 4.09

PRIME 11/8 7.00 7.00 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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