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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 12/10 thous. of net tons 2,014 2,032# 2.0

AUTOS 12/10 units 91,807 94,555r# -10.4

TRUCKS 12/10 units 164,185 153,081r# -10.3

ELECTRIC POWER 12/10 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 81,875 74,660# 11.9

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 12/10 thous. of bbl./day 14,779 15,130# -5.0

COAL 12/3 thous. of net tons 21,268# 20,830 -0.5

LUMBER 12/3 millions of ft. 363.0# 281.4 15.5

RAIL FREIGHT 12/3 billions of ton-miles 34.4# 30.3 -0.3

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 12/2 1992=100 135.7 135.5r 1.7

STOCK PRICES 12/9 S&P 500 1259.4 1265.1 6.0

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 12/9 5.5% 5.4% 0.9

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 11/28 billions $6,651.2 $6,657.5r 3.7

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 12/10 thous. 329 328r 2.5

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 12/10 477.9 495.1 -2.2

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 12/10 1441.8 1596.4 -22.2

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 12/14 $/troy oz. 509.500 515.400 16.1

STEEL SCRAP 12/14 #1 heavy, $/ton 220.17 220.17 -11.6

COPPER 12/9 cents/lb. 221.2 217.6 52.4

ALUMINUM 12/9 cents/lb. 107.2 103.4 20.3

COTTON 12/9 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 53.43 52.41 18.5

OIL 12/14 $/bbl. 60.97 59.41 38.3

CRB FOODSTUFFS 12/13 1967=100 240.36 250.22 -6.6

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 12/13 1967=100 338.02 334.21 4.9

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 12/14 2.2695 2.1945 2.7255

BRITISH POUND 12/14 1.77 1.74 1.94

CANADIAN DOLLAR 12/14 1.15 1.16 1.22

EUROPEAN EURO 12/14 1.1999 1.1725 1.3392

JAPANESE YEN 12/14 117.39 121.04 104.24

KOREAN WON 12/14 1016.5 1035.5 1061.0

MEXICAN PESO 12/14 10.732 10.466 11.177

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 12/14 91.1 92.1 88.5

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 12/13 4.23% 3.97% 2.24%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 12/12 3-month NA NA 2.26

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 12/13 3-month 4.45 4.42 2.46

FIXED MORTGAGE 12/9 30-year 6.45 6.37 5.78

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 12/9 one-year 5.39 5.33 4.18

PRIME 12/13 7.25 7.00 5.25

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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