wsj prime rate by joshgill

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									Information compiled 4/22/2008

Interest Rates                         Latest          52 wk low          52 wk high
WSJ Prime Rate                               5.25           5.25              8.25
Federal Funds Rate target                    2.25           2.25              5.25
Libor, 3-month                               2.92           2.54              5.73
Sources: Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Wall Street Journal


 Treasury yields at const. maturities    Last week           52wk low       52wk high
               3-month                      1.18               0.82           5.00
               6-month                      1.52               1.26           5.06
                 1-year                     1.67               1.35           5.00
                 2-year                     1.98               1.52           5.06
                 5-year                     2.79               2.34           5.13
                10-year                     3.67               3.39           5.20
                20-year                     4.44               4.22           5.37
Sources: Federal Reserve Board of Governors


Key statistics                         2007Q1         2007Q2          2007Q3          2007Q4
Gross Domestic Product (1)               13,551.9        13,768.8       13,970.5         14,074.2
Real Gross Domestic Product (2)          11,412.6        11,520.1       11,658.9         11,675.7
ND Personal Income (3)                     21,747          22,263         22,474          22,681
Business bankruptcy filings-US             6,280           6,705          7,167             NA
Non-business bankruptcy filings-US        187,361         203,744        211,742            NA
Business bankruptcy filings-ND               14              18             14              NA
Non-business bankruptcy filings-ND          249             293            285              NA
Sources: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Administrative Office of the US Courts; (1) Billions of $ at


Exchange Rates                            EP              Can$            Euro            US$
English Pound                                    ---         0.5017          0.8039          0.5047
Canadian Dollar                                1.9933          ---           1.6023           1.006
Euro                                           1.244         0.6241            ---           0.6279
US Dollar                                      1.9813        0.994           1.5927             ---
Sources: Federal Reserve

US Macroeconomic Indicators                  Oct-07        Nov-07            Dec-07          Jan-08           Feb-08          Mar-08
Unemployment Rate (1)                         4.8            4.7                5              4.9               4.8            5.1
Change in Payroll Employment
                                              140             60                41             -76               -76            -80
(thousands)
Average Hourly Earnings ($)                  17.59          17.64              17.7           17.75            17.81           17.86
Consumer Price Index (2)                      0.3            0.9               0.4             0.4                0              0.3
Producer Price Index (3)                      0.5            2.6               -0.4             1                0.3             1.1
US Import Price Index (4)                     1.5            3.2               -0.2            1.5               0.2             2.8
US Export Price Index (4)                     0.8            0.9               0.5             1.2               1.1             1.5
PMI Composite Index                           50.4            50               48.4            50.7             48.3            48.6
ISM Business Activity Index                   55.5           54.6              54.4            41.9             50.8            52.2
Real Retail and Food Services Sales
                                            181,937       181,750            179,852        179,840           179,154         178,816
(5)
Oil Prices (6)                               86.20          94.62             91.73           92.95            95.35           105.56
Sources: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, (1) seasonally adjusted rate; (2) All items, US city average, all
North Dakota Indicators                          Oct-07        Nov-07        Dec-07         Jan-08        Feb-08        Mar-08
Unemployment Rate (SA)                         3.2             3           3.2            3.2           3.1            3.1
Average Weekly Hours worked                    32.7          32.5          32.6           31.8          31.7           NA
Average Weekly Hourly Earnings                18.34          18.4         18.89          18.49         18.58           NA
Bismarck Unemployment Rate (NSA)                2             2.3          3.3            4.1           3.7            NA
Grand Forks Unemployment Rate
                                               2.4            2.6          3.3             4            3.8            NA
(NSA)
Fargo Unemployment Rate (NSA)                  2.1            2.2          2.8            3.3           3.2            NA
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, SA = Seasonally Adjusted, NSA = Not Seasonally Adjusted, NA = Not Available

US Housing Statistics                          Oct-07        Nov-07           Dec-07           Jan-08         Feb-08    Mar-08
Housing Starts                                  1,274          1,178           1,000            1,083          1,075       947
Existing Home Sales                             5,060          5,020           4,910            4,890          5,030     4,930
Existing Home Sales Price                    206,700        208,800         207,000          199,700         195,600   200,700
Building Permits                                1,170          1,162           1,080            1,061            984       927
Sources: National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Realtors; All data are seasonally adjusted.

								
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