Production indicators
                                           Latest    Week   % Change
                                            week      ago   year ago
      STEEL (4/24) thous. of net tons      1,849    1,810 #   1.5
      AUTOS (4/24) units                 125,134  109,023 r# 16.9
      TRUCKS (4/24) units                 98,548   83,208 r# 30.0
      ELECTRIC POWER (4/24) millions of kilowatt-hours 
                                          51,559   51,209 #   1.2
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/24) thous. of bbl./day
                                          13,678   13,406 #   1.9
      COAL (4/17) thous. of net tons      18,833 # 18,366     2.7
      PAPERBOARD (4/17) thous. of tons     833.8 #  834.3 r   5.2
      PAPER (4/17) thous. of tons          782.0 #  783.0 r  -0.1
      LUMBER (4/17) millions of ft.        449.1 #  463.1   -10.7
      RAIL FREIGHT (4/17) billions of ton-miles
                                            21.1 #   20.2     7.7
      
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper 
      Institute, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads
      
      Foreign exchange
                                        Latest  Week  Year
                                         week    ago   ago
      JAPANESE YEN (4/28)                 112    111   133
      GERMAN MARK (4/28)                 1.59   1.60  1.65
      BRITISH POUND (4/28)               1.57   1.54  1.78
      FRENCH FRANC (4/28)                5.37   5.42  5.55
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/28)             1.27   1.26  1.19
      SWISS FRANC (4/28)                 1.44   1.46  1.51
      MEXICAN PESO (4/28) superscript 3 3.075  3.074  3.088
      
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      Prices
                                            Latest  Week     % Change
                                             week    ago     year ago
      GOLD (4/28) $/troy oz.               349.700   339.000    4.2
      STEEL SCRAP (4/27) #1 heavy, $/ton   106.50    106.50    15.8
      FOODSTUFFS (4/27) index, 1967=100    205.6     205.9      2.9
      COPPER (4/24)  %lb.                   90.1      94.3    -13.1
      ALUMINUM (4/24)  /lb.                 51.8      52.8    -16.9
      WHEAT (4/24) #2 hard, $/bu.            3.56      3.67   -13.2
      COTTON (4/24) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,  /lb.
                                            56.65     56.26     4.4
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research 
      Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      Leading indicators 
                                         Latest     Week  % Change
                                           week      ago  year ago
      STOCK PRICES (4/23) S&P 500         442.54    448.72     7.9
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/23)      7.34 %    7.45 % -11.9
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/23)   97.3      97.4     -0.2
      BUSINESS FAILURES (4/16)            342       383      -18.6
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/14) billions  $396.9    $395.8 r   -2.3
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/12) billions $3,441.8  $3,442.2 r   -0.3
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (4/10) thous.
                                          359       373      -11.1
      
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun 
      & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve Board, Labor Dept. 
      CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans
      
      Monthly economic indicators
                                                          Latest   Month % Change
                                                           month   ago   year ago
      ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG. (Mar.) billions      $130.0    $135.1 r  8.2
      HOUSING STARTS (Mar.) annual rate, thous.          1,134     1,189    -14.0
      BUDGET SURPLUS OR DEFICIT (-) (Mar.) millions   -$44,577  -$47,594    -12.1
      MERCHANDISE TRADE BALANCE (Feb.) billions            -$7.2     -$7.2  110.3
      Sources: Commerce Dept., Treasury Dept.
      
      Monetary Indicators
                                                         Latest     Week  % Change
                                                          week      ago   year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (4/12)                           $1,043.2   $1,041.6 r  11.0
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (4/14)                         273.9      275.1 r  -5.4
      FREE RESERVES (4/14)                                 857 r    1,177 r   -21.9
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/14)                 151.6      149.1     4.3
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board (in billions, except for free reserves, which 
      are expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      
      Money market rates
                                             Latest   Week  Year
                                              week     ago   ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (4/27)                    2.72 %  2.84 %  3.65 %
      PRIME (4/28)                            6.00    6.00    6.50 
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (4/27)         3.12    3.13    3.95 
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (4/28)  3.08    3.08    3.92 
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (4/24)               3.09    3.13    4.04 
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board, First Boston
      
      #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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