Business Week Index

      TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                 Latest           Week      % Change
                                                  week            ago       year ago
      STEEL (4/16) thous. of net tons            1,910           1,899   #       5.7
      AUTOS (4/16) units                       145,013         125,077 r#      33.0
      TRUCKS (4/16) units                      119,493         105,809 r#      43.6
      ELECTRIC POWER (4/16) millions of
      kilowatt-hours                            53,302          52,423  #       4.1
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/16)
      thous. of bbl./day                        13,485          13,188  #       0.6
      COAL (4/9) thous. of net tons             20,373  #       20,703         10.9
      PAPERBOARD (4/9) thous. of tons            842.5   #       878.6   r      1.9
      PAPER (4/9) thous. of tons                 824.0   #       815.0   r      0.1
      LUMBER (4/9) millions of ft.               464.5   #       468.4          0.3
      RAIL FREIGHT (4/9) billions of ton-miles    21.9    #       21.3          5.3
      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
      
      TABLE: FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                                 Latest           Week        Year
                                                  week             ago         ago
      JAPANESE YEN (4/20)                          103             104          111
      GERMAN MARK (4/20)                          1.70            1.71         1.60
      BRITISH POUND (4/20)                        1.48            1.48         1.56
      FRENCH FRANC (4/20)                         5.82            5.86         5.38
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/20)                      1.38            1.37         1.26
      SWISS FRANC (4/20)                          1.44            1.44         1.45
      MEXICAN PESO (4/20)3                       3.366           3.363        3.093
      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 (4/20) $/troy oz.                   371.350         378.500          9.5
      STEEL SCRAP (4/19) #1 heavy, $/ton        137.50          137.50         29.1
      FOODSTUFFS (4/19) index, 1967=100          217.0           217.3         5.4
      COPPER (4/16)  cents/lb.                    90.7            90.8         3.8
      ALUMINUM (4/16)  cents/lb.                  62.6            62.0        19.7
      WHEAT (4/16) #2 hard, $/bu.                 3.60            3.67         1.9
      COTTON (4/16) strict low
      middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.            75.82           72.93        34.8
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research 
      Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      TABLE: LEADING INDICATORS
                                                 Latest           Week      % Change
                                                  week             ago      year ago
      STOCK PRICES (4/15) S&P 500               447.25          446.65        -0.3
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/15)           7.87 %          7.90 %        5.6
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/15)         98.1            97.9          0.7
      BUSINESS FAILURES (4/8)                     NA              NA           NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/6) billions          $422.2          $418.9  r      3.7
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/4) billions         $3,553.1        $3,553.5  r      3.2
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (4/2) thous.    336             331         9.9
      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 (Mar.) total index   115.6           115.0   r     5.1
      CAPACITY UTILIZATION (Mar.)                 83.6 %         83.4 %        3.0
      IMPORTS (Feb.) millions                  $50,262         $49,475         12.1
      EXPORTS (Feb.) millions                  $37,899         $39,306          2.6
      Sources: Federal Reserve, Commerce Dept.
      
      TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS
                                                Latest           Week       % Change
                                                 week            ago        year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (4/4)                  $1,148.3        $1,146.8  r      10.2
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (4/6)                289.1           236.7   r     28.5
      FREE RESERVES (4/13)                         697             781     r   13.5
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/6)        150.7           147.6   r      1.3
      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 (4/19)                        3.71 %       3.24 %        2.91 %
      PRIME (4/20)                                6.75           6.25         6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (4/19)             4.12           3.95         3.12
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (4/20)      4.12           3.89         3.08
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (4/15)                   3.89           3.90         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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