Business Week Index

      Production Indicators
                                                        Latest   Week  % Change
                                                         week     ago   year ago
      STEEL (2/27) thous. of net tons                    1,866    1,799 #   4.2
      AUTOS (2/27) units                               132,491  123,881 r# 23.3
      TRUCKS (2/27) units                               96,248  105,081 r# 18.9
      ELECTRIC POWER (2/27) millions of kilowatt-hours  60,999   60,669 #  12.8
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/27) thous. of bbl./day      12,861   13,251 #   5.2
      COAL (2/20) thous. of net tons                    17,870 # 18,987    -9.7
      PAPERBOARD (2/20) thous. of tons                   824.7 #  820.8 r   2.2
      PAPER (2/20) thous. of tons                        784.0 #  783.0 r   0.5
      LUMBER (2/20) millions of ft.                      465.2 #  494.9    -7.8
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/20) billions of ton-miles           19.9 #   20.9    -4.3
      
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper 
      Institute, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads
      
      Foreign Exchange
                                 Latest  Week  Year
                                  week    ago   ago
      JAPANESE YEN (3/3)          117     117   132
      GERMAN MARK (3/3)          1.64    1.62  1.67
      BRITISH POUND (3/3)        1.45    1.44  1.72
      FRENCH FRANC (3/3)         5.57    5.50  5.68
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/3)      1.25    1.26  1.19
      SWISS FRANC (3/3)          1.52    1.50  1.52
      MEXICAN PESO (3/3) superscript 3
                                3.074   3.093  3.083
      
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      Prices
                                                        Latest   Week  % Change
                                                          week   ago    year ago
      GOLD (3/3) $/troy oz.                            329.550   329.900   -5.9
      STEEL SCRAP (3/2) #1 heavy, $/ton                110.00    109.50    22.9
      FOODSTUFFS (3/1) index, 1967=100                 201.1     201.1     -1.0
      COPPER (2/27)  /lb.                              103.0     104.0     -3.7
      ALUMINUM (2/27)  /lb.                             56.0      56.0     -8.9
      WHEAT (2/27) #2 hard, $/bu.                        3.68      3.73   -15.0
      COTTON (2/27) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,  /lb.
                                                        56.52     56.53     9.4
      
      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 (2/26) S&P 500                      439.33    433.33    6.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/26)                   7.61 %    7.69 % -8.4
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/26)               100.5     100.3     4.8
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/19)                         401       388     -13.2
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/17) billions               $398.4    $400.3 r  -1.9
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/15) billions              $3,438.4  $3,438.9 r  -0.7
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/13) thous.       325       321     -29.2
      
      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
      
      Monthly Economic Indicators
                                                       Latest   Month    % Change
                                                        month    ago     year ago
      PERSONAL INCOME (Jan.) annual rate, billions    $5,217.4  $5,192.9 r   5.5
      CONSTR. SPENDING (Jan.) annual rate, billions     $430.8    $436.4 r   5.8
      NEW HOME SALES (Jan.) annual rate. thous.          561       651 r    17.0
      12 LEADING INDICATORS COMPOSITE (Jan.) index       152.9     152.8 r   4.5
      Sources: Commerce Dept., Census Bureau
      
      Monetary Indicators
                                                   Latest  Week  % Change
                                                    week    ago    year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (2/15)                    $1,031.1  $1,030.1   10.7
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/17)                  278.4 r   277.1 r -4.5
      FREE RESERVES (2/17)                        1,577     1,175 r   43.2
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/17)          146.2     147.8 r  8.5
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board (in billions, except for free reserves, which 
      are expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      
      Money Market Rates
                                             Latest   Week  Year
                                             week     ago   ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (3/2)                    3.19 %   2.91 %  4.08 %
      PRIME (3/3)                            6.00     6.00    6.50 
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (3/2)         3.15     3.15    4.28 
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (3/3)  3.11     3.08    4.22 
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (2/26)              3.08     3.10    4.16 
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board, First Boston
      
      #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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