PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 3/13 thous. of net tons 1,964 2,037# -0.4

AUTOS 3/13 units 90,152 105,997r# -8.5

TRUCKS 3/13 units 171,754 168,246r# 6.2

ELECTRIC POWER 3/13 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 70,743 71,324# 6.5

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 3/13 thous. of bbl./day 14,586 14,879# -1.3

COAL 3/6 thous. of net tons 21,282# 21,282 0.9

LUMBER 3/6 millions of ft. 533.7# 543.6r 6.7

RAIL FREIGHT 3/6 billions of ton-miles 29.6# 30.7 5.3

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 3/5 1992=100 134.2 133.7r 13.2

STOCK PRICES 3/12 S&P 500 1120.6 1156.9 25.1

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 3/12 5.3% 5.3% -12.3

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 3/1 billions $6,150.8 $6,142.9r 4.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 3/13 thous. 336 342r -17.4

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 3/13 452.4 428.6 17.9

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 3/13 4983.7 3567.6 -38.7

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 3/17 $/troy oz. 402.750 400.250 22.1

STEEL SCRAP 3/17 #1 heavy, $/ton 244.17 244.17 104.9

COPPER 3/12 cents/lb. 134.0 138.6 65.4

ALUMINUM 3/12 cents/lb. 81.5 83.5 23.0

COTTON 3/12 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 62.64 67.65 7.8

OIL 3/17 $/bbl. 37.96 35.93 33.3

CRB FOODSTUFFS 3/16 1967=100 286.51 284.75 23.4

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 3/16 1967=100 315.90 311.97 21.2

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 3/17 2.9095 2.9130 3.3815

BRITISH POUND 3/17 1.82 1.80 1.57

CANADIAN DOLLAR 3/17 1.34 1.33 1.47

EUROPEAN EURO 3/17 1.2237 1.2225 1.0690

JAPANESE YEN 3/17 108.28 110.91 119.94

KOREAN WON 3/17 1165.1 1172.9 1244.4

MEXICAN PESO 3/17 10.965 10.985 10.725

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 3/17 93.3 93.5 109.6

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 3/16 0.99% 0.99% 1.24%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3/15 3-month 1.00 0.99 1.18

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3/16 3-month 1.04 1.04 1.25

FIXED MORTGAGE 3/12 30-year 5.53 5.70 5.97

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 3/12 one-year 3.52 3.62 4.06

PRIME 3/16 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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