PRODUCTION INDICATORS LATEST WEEK YEARLY WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL 9/21 thous. of net tons 2,116 2,092# 19.8 AUTOS 9/21 units 103,243 96,764r# 6.5 TRUCKS 9/21 units 161,284 162,616r# 23.6 ELECTRIC POWER 9/21 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 77,318 80,185# 12.3 CRUDE-OIL REFINING 9/21 thous. of bbl./day 15,070 15,167# 2.3 COAL 9/14 thous. of net tons 21,943# 21,046 -2.9 LUMBER 9/14 millions of ft. 554.0# 447.6r 7.2 RAIL FREIGHT 9/14 billions of ton-miles 30.1# 27.4 2.0

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 9/13 1992=100 119.4 120.1r 2.5 STOCK PRICES 9/20 S&P 500 845.4 889.8 -12.5 CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 9/20 6.1% 6.2% -13.1 MONEY SUPPLY, M2 9/9 billions $5,699.9 $5,700.2r 7.2 INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 9/20 thous. 406 424r -11.2 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 9/20 359.7 357.4 26.9 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 9/20 5977.2 5626.0 120.2

Sources: Economic Cycle Research Institute, 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 9/25 $/troy oz. 325.150 315.900 11.6 STEEL SCRAP 9/24 #1 heavy, $/ton 98.50 98.50 26.3 COPPER 9/20 cents/lb. 71.7 64.5 3.4 ALUMINUM 9/20 cents/lb. 63.0 73.7 -3.8 COTTON 9/20 strict low middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 38.80 38.90 13.1 OIL 9/25 $/bbl. 30.79 29.36 38.9 CRB FOODSTUFFS 9/24 1967=100 228.46 227.01 5.8 CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 9/24 1967=100 240.50 240.90 7.0

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 9/25 3.7700 3.3525 2.7295 BRITISH POUND 9/25 1.56 1.55 1.47 CANADIAN DOLLAR 9/25 1.58 1.58 1.53 EUROPEAN EURO 9/25 0.9763 0.9778 0.9233 JAPANESE YEN 9/25 122.87 121.50 117.76 KOREAN WON 9/25 1229.0 1213.0 1300.0 MEXICAN PESO 9/25 10.223 10.015 9.515 TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 9/25 116.0 115.8 117.8

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 9/24 1.75% 1.72% 3.11% COMMERCIAL PAPER 9/24 3-month 1.72 1.75 2.45 CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 9/25 3-month 1.75 1.77 2.52 FIXED MORTGAGE 9/20 30-year 6.22 6.32 6.92 ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 9/20 one-year 4.64 4.65 5.71 PRIME 9/20 4.75 4.75 6.00

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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