Business Week Index

      Production Indicators
                                                      Latest   Week  % Change
                                                       week     ago  year ago
      STEEL (4/3) thous. of net tons                   1,790    1,812 #  -2.0
      AUTOS (4/3) units                              123,530  138,993 r# 16.7
      TRUCKS (4/3) units                             105,579  105,693 r# 26.2
      ELECTRIC POWER (4/3) millions of kilowatt-hours 52,659   54,105 #   1.0
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/3) thous. of bbl./day       NA     13,181 #    NA
      COAL (3/27) thous. of net tons                  19,928 # 16,310     3.7
      PAPERBOARD (3/27) thous. of tons                 820.3 #  788.3 r   1.5
      PAPER (3/27) thous. of tons                      800.0 #  799.0 r   1.5
      LUMBER (3/27) millions of ft.                    482.4 #  491.3    -5.1
      RAIL FREIGHT (3/27) billions of ton-miles         21.7 #   19.4     2.4
      
      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 (4/7)            114     115    132
      GERMAN MARK (4/7)            1.62    1.61   1.62
      BRITISH POUND (4/7)          1.51    1.50   1.77
      FRENCH FRANC (4/7)           5.46    5.47   5.50
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/7)        1.26    1.26   1.19
      SWISS FRANC (4/7)            1.49    1.49   1.49
      MEXICAN PESO (4/7) superscript 3
                                  3.074   3.074  3.086
      
      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 (4/7) $/troy oz.                     336.750  337.800   -0.2
      STEEL SCRAP (4/6) #1 heavy, $/ton         107.50   108.50    16.9
      FOODSTUFFS (4/5) index, 1967=100          204.2    203.5      1.1
      COPPER (4/3)  /lb.                         99.5    101.0     -6.7
      ALUMINUM (4/3)  /lb.                       53.1     54.1    -12.2
      WHEAT (4/3) #2 hard, $/bu.                  3.79     3.81   -10.4
      COTTON (4/3) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,  /lb.
                                                 55.46    55.70     0.9
      
      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 (4/2) S&P 500                 449.22    448.87    11.6
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/2)              7.64 %    7.59 %  -8.5
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/2)           98.4     100.0      1.2
      BUSINESS FAILURES (3/26)                   395       403 r    -11.2
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/24) billions         $394.1    $395.2 r   -2.9
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/22) billions        $3,436.7  $3,437.5 r   -0.7
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (3/20) thous. 347       351      -23.9
      
      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
      EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Mar.) millions           118.6    118.5    1.1
      UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Mar.)               7.0 %    7.0 % -4.1
      PURCHASING MANAGERS' INDEX (Mar.)               53.4 %   55.8 % -2.6
      CONSTR. SPENDING (Feb.) annual rate, billions $438.4   $437.9 r  6.5
      Sources: BLS, National Association of Purchasing Management, Census Bureau
      
      Monetary Indicators
                                           Latest    Week  % Change
                                           week       ago   year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (3/22)              $1,036.8  $1,031.9 r  10.5
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (3/24)            275.9     278.5 r  -5.3
      FREE RESERVES (3/31)                  1,181     1,201 r   -21.3
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/24)    147.4     150.5     5.3
      
      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 (4/6)                        2.97 %  2.91 %  3.98 %
      PRIME (4/7)                                6.00    6.00    6.50 
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (4/6)             3.17    3.19    4.12 
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (4/7)      3.11    3.12    4.08 
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (4/3)                   3.11    3.13    4.21 
      
      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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