Business Week Index

      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                        Latest       Week     % Change
                                         week        ago       year ago
      STEEL (11/27) thous. of net tons   1,816      1,789   #   3.5
      AUTOS (11/27) units               81,850      136,766r#   3.1
      TRUCKS (11/27) units              68,070      115,485r#   17.8
      ELECTRIC POWER (11/27) millions of 
      kilowatt-hours                    55,093      55,290   #   2.0
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/27) thous. 
      of bbl./day                       13,580      13,698   #   0.0
      COAL (11/20) thous. of net tons   19,492   #   19,294      24.1
      PAPERBOARD (11/20) thous. of tons  853.3   #   845.8   r   3.6
      PAPER (11/20) thous. of tons       815.0   #   815.0   r   2.3
      LUMBER (11/20) millions of ft.     494.2   #   499.5      50.3
      RAIL FREIGHT (11/20) billions of 
      ton-miles                           23.1   #   23.1      4.1
      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 (12/1)     108       108      125
      GERMAN MARK (12/1)     1.72      1.70      1.58
      BRITISH POUND (12/1)   1.48      1.49      1.58
      FRENCH FRANC (12/1)    5.94      5.91      5.37
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (12/1) 1.34      1.33      1.27
      SWISS FRANC (12/1)     1.50      1.49      1.41
      MEXICAN PESO (12/1)3  3.104     3.100     3.108
      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 (12/1) $/troy oz.                 373.100      377.600   11.2
      STEEL SCRAP (11/30) #1 heavy, $/ton     137.50      137.50    54.5
      FOODSTUFFS (11/30) index, 1967=100       221.3      222.3      9.7
      COPPER (11/27)  /lb.                      79.5      79.2     -20.9
      ALUMINUM (11/27)  /lb.                    51.3      50.5      -5.0
      WHEAT (11/27) #2 hard, $/bu.              3.88      3.95       1.0
      COTTON (11/27) strict low middling 
      1-1/16 in.,  /lb.                        59.10      56.05      16.5
      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 (11/26) S&P 500             461.73      464.30      8.0
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/26)         6.98%       6.94%    -13.4
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/26)        94.2        94.1     -0.2
      BUSINESS FAILURES (11/15)                   355         278     -10.4
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (11/13) billions       $405.9      $407.6   r  0.2
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (11/11) billions      $3,513.9     $3,506.3   r  1.1
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (11/9) 
      thous.                                      338         358      -3.7
      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
      ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG. (Oct.) 
      billions                                   $135.8      $133.1   r   8.1
      PURCHASING MANAGERS' INDEX (Nov.)           55.7%       53.8%       1.8
      AGRICULTURAL PRICES (Nov.) index, 1977=100    143         145       5.1
      CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX (Nov.)             71.2        60.5       8.5
      Sources: Commerce Dept., National Assn. of Purchasing Management, Agriculture 
      Dept.
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                              Latest       Week     % Change
                                               week        ago     year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (11/15)              $1,123.5      $1,118.8r   9.8
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (11/17)            272.7      272.2  r   -2.6
      FREE RESERVES (11/24)                      954      907   r    -22.0
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/17)    159.5      158.8       6.3
      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 (11/30)                  3.16%    3.05%     3.37%
      PRIME (12/1)                           6.00      6.00      6.00   
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (11/30)       3.44      3.42      3.79   
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (12/1) 3.35      3.36      3.73   
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (11/26)             3.38      3.34      3.80   
      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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