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PRODUCTION INDEX

The production index edged higher in the week ended July 13. Before calculation of the four-week moving average, the index increased to 132 from 130.9 in the week before. After seasonal adjustment, production gains in autos, trucks, coal, lumber, and rail-freight traffic more than offset declines in steel, electric power, and crude-oil refining. Paper and paperboard production data were not available.

The leading index will be unavailable for an indefinite period of time.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL (7/20) thous. of net tons 1,939 1,941# 3.9

AUTOS (7/20) units 123,199 46,859r# 26.1

TRUCKS (7/20) units 96,740 29,810r# 4.4

ELECTRIC POWER (7/20) millions of

kilowatt-hrs. 73,630 70,594# 0.4

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (7/20) thous. of bbl./day 14,141 14,147# -1.6

COAL (7/13) thous. ef net tons 18,045# 13,554 -6.1

PAPERBOARD (7/13) thous. of tons 872.9# 884.3r -3.3

PAPER (7/13) thous. of tons 767.0# 771.0 -6.8

LUMBER (7/13) millions of ft. 457.2# 300.2 10.5

RAIL FREIGHT (7/13) billions of ton-miles 24.7# 21.3 0.0

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 (7/19) S&P 500 638.73 646.19 14.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (7/19) 7.79% 7.89% 2.1

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (7/19) 106.3 106.2 -7.6

BUSINESS FAILURES (7/12) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/10) billions $521.8 $521.7r 6.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/8) billions NA NA NA

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (7/6) thous. 370 351 -6.3

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 (7/24) $/troy oz. 384.400 383.400 -0.5

STEEL SCRAP (7/23) #1 heavy,

$/ton 133.50 133.50 -5.0

COPPER (7/20) cents/lb. 91.3 93.7 -35.4

ALUMINUM (7/20) cents/lb. 68.5 70.0 -23.9

COTTON (7/20) strict low

middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 77.55 76.55 -15.2

OIL (7/23) $/bbl. 21.67 22.24 26.7

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

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (7/24) 107.93 108.66 88.55

GERMAN MARK (7/24) 1.49 1.49 1.39

BRITISH POUND (7/24) 1.55 1.55 1.60

FRENCH FRANC (7/24) 5.03 5.03 4.79

ITALIAN LIRA (7/24) 1516.0 1522.0 1588.0

CANADIAN DOLLAR (7/24) 1.37 1.37 1.36

MEXICAN PESO (7/24)3 7.608 7.648 6.100

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

except for British pound in dollars

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (7/23) 5.25% 5.20% 5.75%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (7/24) 3-month 5.50 5.55 5.80

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (7/24)

3-month 5.51 5.54 5.77

FIXED MORTGAGE (7/19) 30-year 8.44 8.55 7.95

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (7/19)

one-year 6.21 6.15 5.95

PRIME (7/23) 8.25 8.25 8.75

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

meaningful

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