Business Week Index

      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                        Latest       Week%     Change
                                                         week        ago     year ago
      STEEL (10/16) thous. of net tons                    1,883     1,823#  12.8
      AUTOS (10/16) units                               122,096   118,158r#  7.6
      TRUCKS (10/16) units                              110,360   109,773r# 26.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (10/16) millions of kilowatt-hours  54,395    55,234#   1.1
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (10/16) thous. of bbl./day      13,926    13,841#   3.4
      COAL (10/9) thous. of net tons                     18,808#   18,790   -1.2
      PAPERBOARD (10/9) thous. of tons                    814.1#    825.4r   4.2
      PAPER (10/9) thous. of tons                         797.0#    793.0r   3.8
      LUMBER (10/9) millions of ft.                       479.6#    476.1    2.7
      RAIL FREIGHT (10/9) billions of ton-miles            22.7#     21.7    4.6
      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 (10/20)                   107      106       121
      GERMAN MARK (10/20)                    1.65     1.60      1.50
      BRITISH POUND (10/20)                  1.49     1.52      1.63
      FRENCH FRANC (10/20)                   5.83     5.65      5.09
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (10/20)                1.32     1.33      1.25
      SWISS FRANC (10/20)                    1.45     1.41      1.34
      MEXICAN PESO (10/20)3                  3.111    3.114      3.106
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound expressed in dollars
      prices
      
      PRICES
                                                        Latest      Week     % Change
                                                          week      ago      year ago
      GOLD (10/20) $/troy oz.                             372.500   366.400   8.4
      STEEL SCRAP (10/19) #1 heavy, $/ton                 131.50    129.00   46.9
      FOODSTUFFS (10/19) index, 1967=100                  214.7     212.3     9.3
      COPPER (10/16)  /lb.                                 85.6      85.5   -18.1
      ALUMINUM (10/16)  /lb.                               52.0      51.9    -3.7
      WHEAT (10/16) #2 hard, $/bu.                          3.44      3.39   -4.7
      COTTON (10/16) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,  /lb. 54.88     55.07    8.4
      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 (10/15) S&P 500                  463.36    460.55    13.2
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (10/15)               6.62%     6.72%  -16.8
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (10/15)            94.3      93.8     -2.7
      BUSINESS FAILURES (10/8)                        NA      355        NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/6) billions            $404.8    $403.1      0.0
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/4) billions           $3,505.3  $3,501.1r     1.5
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (10/2) thous.    321       329      -16.2
      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
      
      INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (Sept.) total index        111.0    110.9r     4.5
      CAPACITY UTILIZATION (Sept.)                      81.6%    81.6%     2.9
      CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (Sept.)                     144.9    144.9      2.7
      PRODUCER PRICE INDEX (Sept.) finished goods      124.5    124.3      0.5
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board, BLS
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                                      Latest       Week     % Change
                                                       week         ago     year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (10/4)                        $1,114.0    $1,111.9r   11.4
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (10/6)                      270.8       271.3r   -2.9
      FREE RESERVES (10/13)                             669         991r    -27.5
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (10/6)              161.5       156.5    11.2
      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 (10/19)                           2.94%       3.07%     3.05%
      PRIME (10/20)                                   6.00        6.00      6.00    
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (10/19)                3.24        3.26      3.42    
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (10/20)         3.23        3.22      3.38    
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (10/15)                      3.25        3.25r     3.44
      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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