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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index continued to rebound during the week ended Aug. 29.Before calculation of the four-week moving average, the index jumped to 136.2from 134.8, as auto, truck, and electric power production increased strongly.For the month of August, the index surged 2.7% to 135.2, from July's readingof 131.7. The month's robust advance mostly reflected a bounceback in vehicleproduction following the strike at the General Motors Corp.BW production index copyright 1998 Bloomberg L.P.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (9/5) thous. of net tons 2,112 2,040# -2.7

AUTOS (9/5) units 111,726 130,121r# 20.9

TRUCKS (9/5) units 118,641 132,976r# 13.9

ELECTRIC POWER (9/5)

millions of kilowatt-hrs. NA 80,335# NA

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/5)

thous. of bbl./day NA 15,688# NA

COAL (8/29) thous. of net tons 22,258# 21,973 6.6

LUMBER (8/29) millions of ft. 494.4# 493.4 -0.4

RAIL FREIGHT (8/29) billions of ton-miles 27.2# 27.3 2.6

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

STOCK PRICES (9/4) S&P 500 973.89 1027.40 4.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/4) 6.44% 6.52% -11.2

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/24) billions $4,237.1 $4,232.7r 7.0

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT

(8/28) thous. 302 301r -6.8

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE (9/4) 305.1 269.4 42.1

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE (9/4) 1,924.0 1,331.5 272.7

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Federal Reserve, Labor Dept., Mortgage

Bankers Assn. (Index: March 16, 1990=100)

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (9/9) $/troy oz. 283.450 280.150 -11.6

STEEL SCRAP (9/8)#1 heavy, $/ton 91.00 91.00r -34.8

COPPER (9/4) cents/lb. 78.4 77.4 -21.8

ALUMINUM (9/4) cents/lb. 66.5 64.5 -12.5

COTTON (9/5) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 72.43 72.81 2.7

OIL (9/8) $/bbl. 14.18 13.67 -26.1

CRB FOODSTUFFS (9/8) 1967=100 219.51 213.55 -8.1

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (9/8) 1967=100 285.19 283.33 -15.4

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

market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (9/8) 5.66% 5.75% 5.50%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (9/8) 3-month 5.43 5.44 5.51

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (9/9) 3-month 5.48 5.52 5.60

FIXED MORTGAGE (9/4) 30-year 6.90 7.02 7.68

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (9/4) one-year 5.69 5.72 5.73

PRIME (9/9) 8.50 8.50 8.50

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial Markets

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

JAPANESE YEN (9/9) 137.30 137.70 119.15

GERMAN MARK (9/9) 1.73 1.75 1.80

BRITISH POUND (9/9) 1.66 1.67 1.59

FRENCH FRANC (9/9) 5.79 5.88 6.04

ITALIAN LIRA (9/9) 1704.5 1732.0 1755.3

CANADIAN DOLLAR (9/9) 1.52 1.54 1.38

MEXICAN PESO (9/9)*** 10.320 9.965 7.773

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX (9/9) 112.1 113.4 106.3

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

except for British pound in dollars. Trade-weighted dollar via J.P. Morgan.

#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. *=Western Wood Products Assn. **=Southern

Forest Products Assn. ***=Free market value NA=Not available r=revised

NM=Not meaningful

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