Business Week Index

TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                       Latest        Week      % Change
                                         week        ago       year ago
      STEEL (2/12) thous. of net tons   1,805        1,859   #     0.6
      AUTOS (2/12) units              143,924      151,453   r#   19.4
      TRUCKS (2/12) units             122,175      120,655   r#   29.5
      ELECTRIC POWER (2/12) millions
      of kilowatt-hours                61,955       63,872   #     7.1
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/12) thous.
      of bbl./day                      13,419       13,201   #     2.7
      COAL (2/5) thous. of net tons    20,333   #   21,029         2.1
      PAPERBOARD (2/5) thous. of tons    NA      #   784.1          NA
      PAPER (2/5) thous. of tons         NA   #      803.0          NA
      LUMBER (2/5) millions of ft.      488.1   #    489.2         2.5
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/5) billions of
      ton-miles                          21.0   #     21.6        -1.9
      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
      
      
TABLE: FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                 Latest     Week     Year
                                  week      ago      ago
      JAPANESE YEN (2/16)         104       108      119
      GERMAN MARK (2/16)         1.72      1.76      1.63
      BRITISH POUND (2/16)       1.48      1.46      1.45
      FRENCH FRANC (2/16)        5.87      5.97      5.53
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/16)     1.35      1.34      1.26
      SWISS FRANC (2/16)         1.45      1.48      1.50
      MEXICAN PESO (2/16)3      3.105     3.105      3.094
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      
TABLE: PRICES
                                           Latest       Week     % Change
                                             week        ago      year ago
      GOLD (2/16) $/troy oz.              383.500      380.750      16.0
      STEEL SCRAP (2/15) #1 heavy, $/ton   139.50       139.50      27.4
      FOODSTUFFS (2/14) index, 1967=100     220.7        217.9       9.9
      COPPER (2/12)  cents/lb.               90.9         92.8     -12.9
      ALUMINUM (2/12)  cents/lb.             61.5         60.8       9.8
      WHEAT (2/12) #2 hard, $/bu.            3.80         3.81       1.6
      COTTON (2/12) strict low middling
      1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.                71.96        72.25      30.8
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      
TABLE: LEADING INDICATLRS
                                           Latest    Week     % Change
                                           week       ago     year ago
      STOCK PRICES (2/11) S&P 500         470.94    478.75       5.5
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/11)    7.03 %      6.93 %    -9.3
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (2/11)    96.5      96.5      -4.3
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/4)                323       316     -11.7
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/2) billions    $417.5    $419.4   r   1.9
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (1/31) billions  $3,533.8  $3,538.6   r   2.6
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
      (1/29) thous.                          413      363      21.5
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans
      
      
TABLE: MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS
                                                 Latest     Month % Change
                                                 month        ago   year ago
      INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (Jan.) total index   114.4      113.9   r   4.8
      CAPACITY UTILIZATION (Jan.)                 83.1 %     82.9 %r    2.7
      HOUSING STARTS (Jan.) annual rate, thous.  1,294      1,571       10.5
      RETAIL SALES (Jan.) billions              $181.0     $182.0       7.0
      Sources: Federal Reserve, Commerce Dept., Census Bureau
      
      
TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS
                                              Latest           Week % Change
                                               week          ago     year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (1/31)               $1,136.5      $1,136.4   r   9.9
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/2)              282.3         278.8   r  -0.7
      FREE RESERVES (2/2)                      1,226   r     1,599   r   4.9
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/2)      159.9         154.7       8.3
      Sources: Federal Reserve (in billions, except for free reserves, which are expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      
      
TABLE: MONEY MARKET RATES
                                             Latest    Week      Year
                                               week      ago      ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (2/15)                    3.49 %    3.24 %    3.06 %
      PRIME (2/16)                            6.00      6.00      6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (2/15)         3.55      3.49      3.18
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (2/16)  3.47      3.42      3.11
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (2/11)               3.43      3.20      3.13
      Sources: Federal Reserve, 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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