PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY WEEK AGO % CHG STEEL 12/1 thous. of net tons 1,538 1,576# -18.6 AUTOS 12/1 units 105,887 61,022r# -8.2 TRUCKS 12/1 units 146,322 85,810r# 1.7 ELECTRIC POWER 12/1 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 64,803 61,919# -6.5 CRUDE-OIL REFINING 12/1 thous. of bbl./day 14,906 14,871# -1.5 COAL 11/24 thous. of net tons 19,221# 21,374 0.1 LUMBER 11/24 millions of ft. 283.6# 519.4r -0.6 RAIL FREIGHT 11/24 billions of ton-miles 24.9# 31.0 4.2

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 11/23 1992=100 117.5 117.1r -2.6 STOCK PRICES 11/30 S&P 500 1139.5 1150.3 -13.4 CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 11/30 6.6% 6.7% -7.5 MONEY SUPPLY, M2 11/19 billions $5,444.8 $5,428.0r 11.5 INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 11/30 thous. 475 493r 34.9 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 11/30 350.9 324.3 5.1 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 11/30 3040.7 4283.6 358.0

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 12/5 $/troy oz. 275.000 274.400 1.3 STEEL SCRAP 12/4 #1 heavy, $/ton 65.00 65.00 -15.0 COPPER 11/30 cents/lb. 74.7 71.8 -16.6 ALUMINUM 11/30 cents/lb. 66.8 65.5 -7.3 COTTON 11/30 strict low middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 34.94 33.54 -45.3 OIL 12/5 $/bbl. 19.28 18.97 -34.7 CRB FOODSTUFFS 12/4 1967=100 204.68 223.16 6.2 CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 12/4 1967=100 223.00 204.00 -12.3

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Iron Age Scrap Price Bulletin, Metals Week, Memphis market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR WEEK AGO AGO BRAZILIAN REAL 12/5 2.4355 2.5005 1.9750 BRITISH POUND 12/5 1.42 1.42 1.44 CANADIAN DOLLAR 12/5 1.58 1.58 1.53 EUROPEAN EURO 12/5 0.8914 0.8875 0.8887 JAPANESE YEN 12/5 124.72 123.76 110.64 KOREAN WON 12/5 1269.4 1266.0 1192.0 MEXICAN PESO 12/5 9.247 9.290 9.429 TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 12/5 121.4 121.3 116.1

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 12/4 1.93% 2.01% 6.51% COMMERCIAL PAPER 12/4 3-month 1.84 2.05 6.45 CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 12/5 3-month 1.87 2.07 6.53 FIXED MORTGAGE 11/30 30-year 7.19 7.02 7.81 ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 11/30 one-year 5.52 5.41 7.24 PRIME 11/30 5.00 5.00 9.50

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

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