Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS
      
                                                       LATEST       WEEK    YEARLY
                                                         WEEK        AGO%      CHG
      STEEL 7/29 thous. of net tons                     2,168      2,097#     14.2
      AUTOS 7/29 units                                123,064     98,290r#    14.1
      TRUCKS 7/29 units                               156,736    120,022r#    11.7
      ELECTRIC POWER 7/29 millions of kilowatt-hrs.    77,515     78,815#     -8.6
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING 7/29 thous. of bbl./day       15,616     15,674#      1.6
      COAL 7/22 thous. of net tons                     22,950#    22,265       9.8
      LUMBER 7/22 millions of ft.                       494.9#     506.1r     -8.8
      RAIL FREIGHT 7/22 billions of ton-miles            28.2#      27.0       8.0
      
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA, SFPAFD, 
      Association of American Railroads
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
      
                                                     LATEST         WEEK     YEARLY
                                                       WEEK          AGO%       CHG
      ECRI LEADING INDEX 7/21 1992=100                126.2        125.6        0.5
      STOCK PRICES 7/28 S&P 500                     1419.89      1480.19        6.9
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 7/28                   7.59%        7.60%       3.1
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 7/17 billions               $4,790.7     $4,785.2r       5.4
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 7/28 thous.          276          274        0.4
      MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 7/28            306.6        313.1        4.5
      MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 7/28           346.0        359.6      -24.5
      
      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 8/2 $/troy oz.                      277.600       279.400         8.5
      STEEL SCRAP 8/2 #1 heavy, $/ton           103.00        103.00        63.5
      COPPER 7/28  cents/lb.                     90.7          88.9         16.0
      ALUMINUM 7/28  cents/lb.                   76.5          77.5         11.2
      COTTON 7/28 strict low middling
       1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.                    57.14         57.72         7.6
      OIL 8/2 $/bbl.                             28.06         27.66        39.3
      CRB FOODSTUFFS 8/1 1967=100               172.46        173.05        -9.7
      CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 8/1 1967=100          254.39        255.87        -2.4
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK        YEAR
                                                WEEK           AGO         AGO
      BRAZILIAN REAL 8/2                      1.7950        1.7885      1.8290
      BRITISH POUND 8/2                         1.50          1.52        1.62
      CANADIAN DOLLAR 8/2                       1.48          1.46        1.49
      EUROPEAN EURO 8/2                       0.9137        0.9428      1.0775
      JAPANESE YEN 8/2                        108.99        109.19      114.32
      KOREAN WON 8/2                          1115.7        1115.3      1201.0
      MEXICAN PESO 8/2                         9.355         9.363       9.430
      TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 8/2          112.9         111.5       107.8
      
      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 8/1                           6.51%       6.46%      4.98%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 8/1 3-month                6.52        6.54       5.16
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 8/2 3-month         6.67        6.65       5.35
      FIXED MORTGAGE 7/28 30-year                 8.27        8.35       7.93
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 7/28 one-year           7.35        7.38       6.15
      PRIME 7/28                                  9.50        9.50       8.00
      
      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 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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