Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY WEEK AGO % CHG STEEL 5/24 thous. of net tons 1,861 1,833# -3.9 AUTOS 5/24 units 92,710 100,316r# -15.8 TRUCKS 5/24 units 147,738 165,075r# -5.6 ELECTRIC POWER 5/24 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 66,584 67,874# 4.8 CRUDE-OIL REFINING 5/24 thous. of bbl./day 15,560 15,494# 3.7 COAL 5/17 thous. of net tons 20,142# 19,941 1.5 LUMBER 5/17 millions of ft. 497.7# 472.5r -11.0 RAIL FREIGHT 5/17 billions of ton-miles 28.9# 28.2 2.5

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 5/16 1992=100 121.6 122.3r -0.1 STOCK PRICES 5/23 S&P 500 933.2 944.3 -13.9 CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 5/23 4.9% 5.0% -27.0 MONEY SUPPLY, M2 5/12 billions $6,002.1 $5,953.6r 8.4 INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 5/23 thous. 424 433r 2.2 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 5/23 395.7 395.8 13.6 MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 5/23 8840.9 8351.1 490.4

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 5/28 $/troy oz. 363.100 369.600 11.0 STEEL SCRAP 5/27 #1 heavy, $/ton 108.00 108.00 12.1 COPPER 5/23 cents/lb. 80.5 79.8 4.7 ALUMINUM 5/23 cents/lb. 68.0 67.8 5.0 COTTON 5/23 strict low middling 1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 51.25 52.22 52.3 OIL 5/28 $/bbl. 28.09 29.21 9.9 CRB FOODSTUFFS 5/27 1967=100 237.03 242.24 18.1 CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 5/27 1967=100 259.81 258.58 9.7

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 5/28 3.0120 3.0010 2.5130 BRITISH POUND 5/28 1.64 1.63 1.47 CANADIAN DOLLAR 5/28 1.38 1.35 1.53 EUROPEAN EURO 5/28 1.1758 1.1633 0.9391 JAPANESE YEN 5/28 118.58 117.61 122.94 KOREAN WON 5/28 1200.4 1194.3 1225.5 MEXICAN PESO 5/28 10.372 10.220 9.765 TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 5/28 103.6 102.5 118.0

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 5/27 1.32% 1.23% 1.88% COMMERCIAL PAPER 5/27 3-month 1.19 1.17 1.75 CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 5/28 3-month 1.22 1.20 1.83 FIXED MORTGAGE 5/23 30-year 5.50 5.56 6.87 ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 5/23 one-year 3.84 3.83 5.07 PRIME 5/23 4.25 4.25 4.75

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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