PRODUCTION INDICATORS LATEST WEEK YEARLY WEEK AGO% CHG

STEEL 4/19 thous. of net tons 1,987 1,942# 6.0 AUTOS 4/19 units 84,605 82,969r# -21.4 TRUCKS 4/19 units 30,855 151,620r# -15.1 ELECTRIC POWER 4/19 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 64,752 66,901# -4.6 CRUDE-OIL REFINING 4/19 thous. of bbl./day 15,183 15,290# 2.1 COAL 4/12 thous. of net tons 19,922# 20,507 0.3 LUMBER 4/12 millions of ft. 531.8# 481.4 -0.3 RAIL FREIGHT 4/12 billions of ton-miles 28.2# 29.0 1.1

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 4/11 1992=100 119.5 120.4r -1.2 STOCK PRICES 4/17 S&P 500 893.6 868.3 -20.6 CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 4/17 5.8% 5.8% -14.8 MONEY SUPPLY, M2 4/7 billions $5,888.9 $5,896.9r 7.6 INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 4/18 thous. 455 447r 6.3 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 4/18 359.9 376.1 2.4 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 4/18 5103.9 5546.7 286.5

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 4/23 $/troy oz. 333.300 324.100 9.6 STEEL SCRAP 4/22 #1 heavy, $/ton 117.17 117.17 40.3 COPPER 4/18 cents/lb. 77.3 76.3 0.8 ALUMINUM 4/18 cents/lb. 65.0 64.5 -1.9 COTTON 4/18 strict low middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 56.42 56.22 71.3 OIL 4/23 $/bbl. 27.63 28.92 6.3 CRB FOODSTUFFS 4/22 1967=100 233.59 233.65 19.1 CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 4/22 1967=100 259.92 260.42 12.8

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 4/23 2.9900 3.0925 2.3620 BRITISH POUND 4/23 1.59 1.58 1.45 CANADIAN DOLLAR 4/23 1.45 1.46 1.56 EUROPEAN EURO 4/23 1.0965 1.0908 0.8984 JAPANESE YEN 4/23 120.36 119.60 128.29 KOREAN WON 4/23 1218.9 1214.9 1293.5 MEXICAN PESO 4/23 10.461 10.620 9.345 TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 4/23 108.3 108.6 125.0

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 4/22 1.26% 1.34% 1.71% COMMERCIAL PAPER 4/22 3-month 1.22 1.22 1.76 CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 4/23 3-month 1.26 1.26 1.84 FIXED MORTGAGE 4/18 30-year 5.93 5.93 7.02 ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 4/18 one-year 4.02 4.01 5.20 PRIME 4/18 4.25 4.25 4.75

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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