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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 11/12 thous. of net tons 1,976 1,960# 0.2

AUTOS 11/12 units 77,349 89,677r# -3.9

TRUCKS 11/12 units 136,009 162,270r# -10.2

ELECTRIC POWER 11/12 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 70,550 69,726# 1.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 11/12 thous. of bbl./day 14,449 14,297# -6.4

COAL 11/5 thous. of net tons 21,343# 21,259 0.3

LUMBER 11/5 millions of ft. 375.1# 365.2 5.3

RAIL FREIGHT 11/5 billions of ton-miles 35.1# 34.8 2.9

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 11/4 1992=100 135.8 134.7 2.6

STOCK PRICES 11/11 S&P 500 1234.7 1220.1 4.3

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 11/11 5.4% 5.5% -1.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 10/31 billions $6,631.9 $6,635.3r 3.8

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 11/12 thous. 303 328r -9.8

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 11/12 477.9 465.7 -0.5

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 11/12 1702.4 1798.8 -28.3

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 11/16 $/troy oz. 475.750 462.550 7.3

STEEL SCRAP 11/16 #1 heavy, $/ton 208.00 208.00 -16.6

COPPER 11/11 cents/lb. 200.4 195.9 38.5

ALUMINUM 11/11 cents/lb. 96.6 95.4 7.9

COTTON 11/11 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 51.96 53.09 12.3

OIL 11/16 $/bbl. 57.83 59.33 24.3

CRB FOODSTUFFS 11/15 1967=100 253.96 252.96 -7.4

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 11/15 1967=100 332.30 333.18 3.2

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 11/16 2.2015 2.1755 2.7595

BRITISH POUND 11/16 1.72 1.74 1.86

CANADIAN DOLLAR 11/16 1.19 1.19 1.19

EUROPEAN EURO 11/16 1.1670 1.1765 1.3031

JAPANESE YEN 11/16 119.19 117.52 104.04

KOREAN WON 11/16 1036.5 1046.3 1080.8

MEXICAN PESO 11/16 10.670 10.732 11.302

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 11/16 92.8 92.4 89.0

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 11/15 3.97% 3.95% 1.98%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 11/14 3-month NA NA 2.16

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 11/15 3-month 4.31 4.26 2.27

FIXED MORTGAGE 11/11 30-year 6.48 6.41 5.85

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 11/11 one-year 5.29 5.24 4.21

PRIME 11/15 7.00 7.00 5.00

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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