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PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 8/26 thous. of net tons 2,072 2,083# 5.0

AUTOS 8/26 units 85,080 85,080# -5.4

TRUCKS 8/26 units 132,200 132,200# -18.5

ELECTRIC POWER 8/26 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 89,030 88,941# 0.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 8/26 thous. of bbl./day 16,048 15,575# -0.4

COAL 8/19 thous. of net tons 22,703# 22,528 6.7

LUMBER 8/19 millions of ft. 347.4# 337.8 -9.1

RAIL FREIGHT 8/19 billions of ton-miles 34.5# 33.9 2.7

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 8/18 1992=100 135.2 135.2r -0.4

STOCK PRICES 8/25 S&P 500 1295.1 1302.3 7.5

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 8/25 5.6% 5.6% 11.3

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 8/14 billions $6,847.9 $6,849.0 4.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 8/26 thous. 316 318r -1.3

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 8/26 375.9 382.2 -20.1

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 8/26 1609.2 1608.5 -26.4

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 8/30 $/troy oz. 617.750 628.100 42.6

STEEL SCRAP 8/30 #1 heavy, $/ton 232.50 232.50 16.3

COPPER 8/25 cents/lb. 353.6 354.9 97.6

ALUMINUM 8/25 cents/lb. 116.7 116.1 31.5

COTTON 8/25 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 52.50 52.24 7.5

OIL 8/30 $/bbl. 70.16 71.71 1.2

CRB FOODSTUFFS 8/29 1967=100 268.33 267.49 8.0

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 8/29 1967=100 402.00 407.27 22.9

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 8/30 2.1375 2.1516 2.3570

BRITISH POUND 8/30 1.90 1.89 1.80

CANADIAN DOLLAR 8/30 1.11 1.11 1.19

EUROPEAN EURO 8/30 1.2833 1.2787 1.2346

JAPANESE YEN 8/30 117.16 116.42 110.60

KOREAN WON 8/30 961.5 955.6 1034.5

MEXICAN PESO 8/30 10.886 10.915 10.751

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 8/30 88.5 88.4 90.4

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 8/29 5.23% 5.24% 3.52%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 8/29 3-month 5.21 5.21 NA

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 8/29 3-month 5.36 5.36 3.84

FIXED MORTGAGE 8/25 30-year 6.56 6.62 5.95

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 8/25 one-year 6.01 6.03 4.93

PRIME 8/29 8.25 8.25 6.50

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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