PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY WEEK AGO % CHG STEEL 11/22 thous. of net tons 1,923 1,917# -0.9 AUTOS 11/22 units 97,450 91,252r# -5.2 TRUCKS 11/22 units 171,726 146,034r# 1.8 ELECTRIC POWER 11/22 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 69,159 70,765# 0.5 CRUDE-OIL REFINING 11/22 thous. of bbl./day 14,999 15,289# 0.3 COAL 11/15 thous. of net tons 21,340# 20,712 -3.4 LUMBER 11/15 millions of ft. 542.8# 533.9r 7.9 RAIL FREIGHT 11/15 billions of ton-miles 31.1# 30.4 3.0

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 11/14 1992=100 130.9 129.2r 11.3 STOCK PRICES 11/21 S&P 500 1035.3 1050.4 11.3 CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 11/21 5.5% 5.6% -13.1 MONEY SUPPLY, M2 11/10 billions $6,080.5 $6,071.6r 4.9 INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 11/21 thous. 351 362r -6.4 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 11/21 459.9 425.9 31.3 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 11/21 2612.2 2043.9 -53.9

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 11/25 $/troy oz. 391.750 395.150 23.4 STEEL SCRAP 11/25 #1 heavy, $/ton 139.17 139.17 48.1 COPPER 11/21 cents/lb. 95.2 98.4 22.8 ALUMINUM 11/21 cents/lb. 72.0 72.3 7.9 COTTON 11/21 strict low middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 70.40 72.38 42.7 OIL 11/25 $/bbl. 29.39 32.57 12.4 CRB FOODSTUFFS 11/25 1967=100 255.45 254.38 9.7 CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 11/25 1967=100 289.46 296.69 18.3

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 11/25 2.9335 2.9405 3.6100 BRITISH POUND 11/25 1.70 1.70 1.55 CANADIAN DOLLAR 11/25 1.31 1.30 1.58 EUROPEAN EURO 11/25 1.1792 1.1878 0.9937 JAPANESE YEN 11/25 109.40 109.32 121.60 KOREAN WON 11/25 1202.9 1176.7 1206.1 MEXICAN PESO 11/25 11.311 11.185 10.177 TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 11/25 94.9 94.2 115.2

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 11/24 0.98% 0.98% 1.32% COMMERCIAL PAPER 11/24 3-month 1.07 1.06 1.34 CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 11/24 3-month 1.11 1.11 1.36 FIXED MORTGAGE 11/21 30-year 5.97 6.15 6.21 ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 11/21 one-year 3.97 4.04 4.41 PRIME 11/24 4.00 4.00 4.25

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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