Business Week Index

      Production Indicators                               Latest    Week     % Change
                                                            week    ago      year ago
      STEEL (2/20) thous. of net tons                      1,799   1,796#      0.5
      AUTOS (2/20) units                                 129,044   120,568r#  10.3
      TRUCKS (2/20) units                                 98,887   94,356r#   29.2
      ELECTRIC POWER (2/20) millions of kilowatt-hours    60,660   57,824#    11.6
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/20) thous. of bbl./day        13,251   13,066#     6.2
      COAL (2/13) thous. of net tons                      18,987#  19,912     -0.7
      PAPERBOARD (2/13) thous. of tons                     849.5#   854.2r     5.9
      PAPER (2/13) thous. of tons                          783.0#   770.0r     1.4
      LUMBER (2/13) millions of ft.                        494.9#   476.3     -0.5
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/13) billions of ton-miles             20.9#    21.4      0.5
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper 
      Institute, WWPA*, SFPA**, Association of American Railroads
      monthly economic indicators
      #   = 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. 
      *   = Western Wood Products Assn.
      **  = Southern Forest Products Assn.
      *** = Free market value
      NA  = Not available
      r   = revised
      NM  = Not meaningful
      
      Foreign Exchange             Last      Week     Year
                                   week      ago      ago
      JAPANESE YEN (2/24)           117      120       130
      GERMAN MARK (2/24)           1.62     1.63      1.64
      BRITISH POUND (2/24)         1.44     1.44      1.76
      FRENCH FRANC (2/24)          5.50     5.52      5.57
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/24)       1.26     1.26      1.18
      SWISS FRANC (2/24)           1.50     1.50      1.49
      MEXICAN PESO (2/24)***       3.093    3.080     3.082
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound expressed in dollars
      #   = 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. 
      *   = Western Wood Products Assn.
      **  = Southern Forest Products Assn.
      *** = Free market value
      NA  = Not available
      r   = revised
      NM  = Not meaningful
      
      Prices                                              Lastest    Week    % Change
                                                          week       ago     year ago
      GOLD (2/24) $/troy oz.                              329.900   330.600    -5.4
      STEEL SCRAP (2/23) #1 heavy, $/ton                  109.50    109.50     22.3
      FOODSTUFFS (2/22) index, 1967=100                   201.1     199.4      -1.8
      COPPER (2/20)  /lb.                                 104.0     104.0      -1.7
      ALUMINUM (2/20)  /lb.                                56.0      56.5      -6.0
      WHEAT (2/20) #2 hard, $/bu.                           3.73      3.74    -15.6
      COTTON (2/20) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,  /lb.  56.53     55.01     11.7
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research 
      Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      Leading Indicators
                                                   Latest      Week       % Change
                                                   week        ago        year ago
      STOCK PRICES (2/19) S&P 500                  433.33     446.33      5.6
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/19)               7.69%      7.75%    -7.7
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/19)           100.3      100.8       4.7
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/12)                     388        366       -15.3
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/10) billions           $399.3     $398.2r     -2.5
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/8) billions           $3,426.5   $3,430.5r     -0.9
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/6) thous.    321        340       -29.0
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun 
      & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve Board, Labor Dept. 
      CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans
      #   = 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. 
      *   = Western Wood Products Assn.
      **  = Southern Forest Products Assn.
      *** = Free market value
      NA  = Not available
      r   = revised
      NM  = Not meaningful
      
      Monthly Economic Indicators
                                                      Latest      Month      % Change
                                                      month       ago        year ago
      ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG. (Jan.) billions  $132.8      $135.1r     12.5
      CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (Jan.)                      142.6       141.9       3.3
      INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (Jan.) total index         111.0       110.5       4.1
      CAPACITY UTILIZATION (Jan.)                       79.5%       79.3%      1.9
      Sources: Commerce Dept., BLS, Federal Reserve Board
      #   = 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. 
      *   = Western Wood Products Assn.
      **  = Southern Forest Products Assn.
      *** = Free market value
      NA  = Not available
      r   = revised
      NM  = Not meaningful
      
      Monetary Indicators
                                            Latest      Week       % Change
                                            week        ago        year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (2/8)                $1,030.1    $1,034.6r      11.1
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/10)             278.2       279.4r      -4.1
      FREE RESERVES (2/17)                     1,552       1,163r      41.0
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/10)     149.3       149.2       10.3
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board (in billions, except for free reserves, which 
      are expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      #   = 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. 
      *   = Western Wood Products Assn.
      **  = Southern Forest Products Assn.
      *** = Free market value
      NA  = Not available
      r   = revised
      NM  = Not meaningful
      
      Money Market Rates
                                                Latest      Week        Year
                                                week        ago         ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (2/23)                      2.91%       3.59%       3.96%
      PRIME (2/24)                              6.00        6.00        6.50
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (2/23)           3.15        3.20        4.20
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (2/24)    3.08        3.12        4.16
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (2/19)                 3.10        3.13        4.11
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board, First Boston
      
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