Online Extra: Production Index Components

PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL 3/20 thous. of net tons 1,982 1,964# 0.5

AUTOS 3/20 units 89,012 87,143r# -9.6

TRUCKS 3/20 units 165,850 170,303r# 2.5

ELECTRIC POWER 3/20 millions of kilowatt-hrs. 70,627 70,743# 6.3

CRUDE-OIL REFINING 3/20 thous. of bbl./day 14,628 14,586# -1.0

COAL 3/13 thous. of net tons 20,009# 21,282 -5.1

LUMBER 3/13 millions of ft. 544.7# 533.4r 8.9

RAIL FREIGHT 3/13 billions of ton-miles 30.0# 29.6 2.7

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 3/12 1992=100 134.4 134.6r 13.8

STOCK PRICES 3/19 S&P 500 1109.8 1120.6 23.9

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa 3/19 5.3% 5.3% -11.9

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 3/8 billions $6,141.0 $6,150.6r 4.3

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 3/20 thous. 339 338r -16.7

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE 3/20 448.9 452.4 17.0

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE 3/20 4988.7 4983.7 -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 3/24 $/troy oz. 415.250 402.750 25.9

STEEL SCRAP 3/24 #1 heavy, $/ton 244.17 244.17 104.9

COPPER 3/19 cents/lb. 140.3 134.0 73.2

ALUMINUM 3/19 cents/lb. 82.0 81.5 23.8

COTTON 3/19 strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 64.95 62.64 11.8

OIL 3/24 $/bbl. 36.96 37.96 29.8

CRB FOODSTUFFS 3/23 1967=100 294.25 286.51 26.8

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS 3/23 1967=100 319.64 315.90 22.6

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

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

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

BRAZILIAN REAL 3/24 2.9330 2.9095 3.3815

BRITISH POUND 3/24 1.83 1.82 1.57

CANADIAN DOLLAR 3/24 1.34 1.34 1.47

EUROPEAN EURO 3/24 1.2141 1.2237 1.0690

JAPANESE YEN 3/24 106.22 108.28 119.94

KOREAN WON 3/24 1154.8 1165.1 1244.4

MEXICAN PESO 3/24 11.036 10.965 10.725

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX 3/24 92.9 93.3 109.6

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 3/23 0.99% 0.99% 1.24%

COMMERCIAL PAPER 3/22 3-month 1.02 1.00 1.18

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3/23 3-month 1.04 1.04 1.25

FIXED MORTGAGE 3/19 30-year 5.55 5.53 5.97

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE 3/19 one-year 3.55 3.52 4.06

PRIME 3/23 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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