Online Extra: Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 12/4 thous. of net tons 1,953 1,931# 5.9

AUTOS 12/4 units 101,352 53,159r# 7.7

TRUCKS 12/4 units 183,076 96,851r# 1.9

ELECTRIC POWER 12/4 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 73,352 67,661# -0.6

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 12/4 thous. of bbl./day 15,745 15,693# 1.7

COAL 11/27 thous. of net tons 20,887# 21,692 5.4

LUMBER 11/27 millions of ft. 373.2# 567.1 4.0

RAIL FREIGHT 11/27 billions of ton-miles 28.1# 33.2 5.2

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 11/26 1992=100 132.3 132.7 1.2

STOCK PRICES 12/3 S&P 500 1191.2 1182.7 12.2

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 12/3 5.5% 5.5% -0.9

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 11/22 billions $6,379.2 $6,370.8 5.1

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 12/4 thous. 357 349 -5.1

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 12/4 490.9 460.3 22.8

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 12/4 1890.6 1912.3 6.5

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 12/8 $/troy oz. 436.900 452.850 6.6

STEEL SCRAP 12/8 #1 heavy, $/ton 249.17 249.33 79.0

COPPER 12/3 cents/lb. 149.8 152.4 48.6

ALUMINUM 12/3 cents/lb. 90.8 89.7 23.0

COTTON 12/3 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 45.84 46.24 -31.9

OIL 12/8 $/bbl. 41.70 45.21 31.5

CRB FOODSTUFFS 12/7 1967=100 273.77 274.90 5.2

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 12/7 1967=100 324.26 324.30 7.6

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Iron Age Scrap Price Bulletin,

Platt's Metals Week, Memphis market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

BRAZILIAN REAL 12/8 2.7590 2.7100 2.9475

BRITISH POUND 12/8 1.93 1.93 1.74

CANADIAN DOLLAR 12/8 1.21 1.18 1.31

EUROPEAN EURO 12/8 1.3337 1.3346 1.2219

JAPANESE YEN 12/8 103.98 102.58 108.45

KOREAN WON 12/8 1058.7 1046.1 1189.8

MEXICAN PESO 12/8 11.239 11.129 11.235

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 12/8 88.9 87.8 93.5

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 12/7 1.99% 2.02% 0.97%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 12/6 3-month 2.26 NA 1.04

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 12/7 3-month 2.40 2.38 1.10

FIXED MORTGAGE 12/3 30-year 5.90 5.83 6.18

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 12/3 one-year 4.22 4.25 4.01

PRIME 12/7 5.00 5.00 4.00

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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