PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 2/21 thous. of net tons 1,986 1,964# 1.4

AUTOS 2/21 units 102,340 92,915r# 12.5

TRUCKS 2/21 units 174,149 166,304r# 11.2

ELECTRIC POWER 2/21 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 75,736 78,331# 2.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 2/21 thous. of bbl./day 14,622 15,040# 0.8

COAL 2/14 thous. of net tons 20,390# 20,147 -0.7

LUMBER 2/14 millions of ft. 541.1# 548.5 5.5

RAIL FREIGHT 2/14 billions of ton-miles 29.0# 27.5 1.4

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 2/13 1992=100 132.9 131.6r 11.7

STOCK PRICES 2/20 S&P 500 1144.1 1145.8 34.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 2/20 5.5% 5.5% -7.4

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 2/9 billions $6,088.0 $6,083.6r 3.9

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 2/21 thous. 350 344 -16.3

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 2/21 423.5 413.9 37.1

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 2/21 3361.9 3298.3 -43.9

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 2/25 $/troy oz. 400.250 414.500 13.7

STEEL SCRAP 2/25 #1 heavy, $/ton 198.33 198.33 73.7

COPPER 2/20 cents/lb. 135.1 125.5 70.1

ALUMINUM 2/20 cents/lb. 84.0 81.0 23.1

COTTON 2/20 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 65.36 63.39 17.3

OIL 2/25 $/bbl. 36.83 34.65 -1.5

CRB FOODSTUFFS 2/24 1967=100 279.62 277.11 20.4

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 2/24 1967=100 311.22 310.43 19.1

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Institute of Scrap Recycling Indus-

tries, Metals Week, Memphis market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

BRAZILIAN REAL 2/25 2.9395 2.9495 3.5810

BRITISH POUND 2/25 1.87 1.89 1.58

CANADIAN DOLLAR 2/25 1.33 1.32 1.49

EUROPEAN EURO 2/25 1.2501 1.2691 1.0791

JAPANESE YEN 2/25 108.99 106.64 117.17

KOREAN WON 2/25 1170.2 1155.6 1188.6

MEXICAN PESO 2/25 11.057 10.984 11.035

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 2/25 92.9 91.3 108.7

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 2/24 0.99% 1.02% 1.28%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 2/24 3-month NA 1.01 1.24

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 2/24 3-month 1.05 1.05 1.26

FIXED MORTGAGE 2/20 30-year 5.71 5.78 5.94

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 2/20 one-year 3.71 3.70 4.15

PRIME 2/24 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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