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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 12/3 thous. of net tons 2,032 1,993# 4.0

AUTOS 12/3 units 151,644 55,198r# 48.4

TRUCKS 12/3 units 91,697 95,442r# -49.9

ELECTRIC POWER 12/3 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 74,660 71,568# 1.8

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 12/3 thous. of bbl./day 15,130 15,024# -3.9

COAL 11/26 thous. of net tons 20,830# 21,708 -0.3

LUMBER 11/26 millions of ft. 281.4# 379.5 -24.6

RAIL FREIGHT 11/26 billions of ton-miles 30.3# 34.7 1.7

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 11/25 1992=100 135.4 134.7r 2.1

STOCK PRICES 12/2 S&P 500 1265.1 1268.3 6.2

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 12/2 5.4% 5.3% -1.8

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 11/21 billions $6,652.4 $6,632.4r 3.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 12/3 thous. 327 321r -6.3

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 12/3 495.1 476.2 0.9

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 12/3 1596.4 1484.3 -15.6

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 12/7 $/troy oz. 515.400 495.650 18.0

STEEL SCRAP 12/7 #1 heavy, $/ton 220.17 229.67 -11.6

COPPER 12/2 cents/lb. 217.6 215.9 45.2

ALUMINUM 12/2 cents/lb. 103.4 99.4 13.8

COTTON 12/2 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 52.41 52.89 14.3

OIL 12/7 $/bbl. 59.41 57.62 42.5

CRB FOODSTUFFS 12/6 1967=100 250.22 249.98 -8.6

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 12/6 1967=100 334.21 331.61 3.1

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 12/7 2.1945 2.2035 2.7590

BRITISH POUND 12/7 1.74 1.73 1.93

CANADIAN DOLLAR 12/7 1.16 1.17 1.21

EUROPEAN EURO 12/7 1.1725 1.1788 1.3337

JAPANESE YEN 12/7 121.04 119.81 103.98

KOREAN WON 12/7 1035.5 1033.7 1058.7

MEXICAN PESO 12/7 10.466 10.558 11.239

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 12/7 92.1 92.1 88.9

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 12/6 3.97% 3.99% 1.99%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 12/5 3-month NA NA 2.26

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 12/6 3-month 4.42 4.37 2.40

FIXED MORTGAGE 12/2 30-year 6.37 6.41 5.90

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 12/2 one-year 5.33 5.32 4.22

PRIME 12/6 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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