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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index increased modestly in the week ended May 4. Beforecalculation of the four-week moving average, the index also rose, to 129.2,from 128.6 in the previous week. Increases in the seasonally adjusted output ofautos, paperboard, paper, and crude-oil refining led the advance. Rail-freighttraffic and lumber production were down slightly.The leading index will be unavailable for an indefinite period of time.BW production index copyright 1996 Bloomberg L.P.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (5/11) thous. of net tons 1,977 1,971# -1.5

AUTOS (5/11) units 149,775 148,806r# 8.3

TRUCKS (5/11) units 124,868 127,112r# 4.7

ELECTRIC POWER (5/11)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. 59,021 56,501# 4.5

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/11)

thous. of bbl./day 14,041 14,239# 0.5

COAL (5/4) thous. of net tons 19,583# 19,607 2.1

PAPERBOARD (5/4) thous. of tons 868.2# 838.5r 0.2

PAPER (5/4) thous. of tons 842.0# 820.0r 0.2

LUMBER (5/4) millions of ft. 451.0# 459.9 5.8

RAIL FREIGHT (5/4)

billions of ton-miles 25.5# 25.7 2.8

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Forest

& Paper Association, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (5/10) S&P 500 652.09 641.63 24.4

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/10) 7.87% 7.77% 1.2

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/10) 110.4 110.0 -3.6

BUSINESS FAILURES (5/3) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (5/1) billions $505.7 $507.7 6.1

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/29) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(4/27) thous. 348 372 -5.7

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100), Dun

& Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (5/15) $/troy oz. 392.200 394.800 2.2

STEEL SCRAP (5/14)

#1 heavy, $/ton 142.50 140.00 0.0

COPPER (5/11) cents/lb. 131.6 125.9 2.0

ALUMINUM (5/11) cents/lb. 77.0 76.0 -8.9

COTTON (5/11) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 85.32 85.40 -16.6

OIL (5/14) $/bbl. 21.21 20.99r 6.2

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis

market, NYMEX

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (5/14) 5.25% 5.24% 6.02%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/15) 3-month 5.38 5.41 6.06

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

(5/15) 3-month 5.35 5.38 6.03

FIXED MORTGAGE (5/10) 30-year 8.44 8.31 8.40

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (5/10) one-year 5.92 5.92 6.11

PRIME (5/15) 8.25 8.25 9.00

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (5/15) 106.74 105.21 86.83

GERMAN MARK (5/15) 1.53 1.52 1.44

BRITISH POUND (5/15) 1.51 1.52 1.57

FRENCH FRANC (5/15) 5.19 5.13 5.11

ITALIAN LIRA (5/15) 1554.0 1558.4 1661.2

CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/15) 1.37 1.37 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (5/15)3 8.250 7.478 5.890

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar,

except for British pound in dollars

#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. 3=Free market value NA=Not available r=revised NM=Not meaningful

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