Business Week Index

TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS
      
                                       Latest  Week  % Change
                                       week    ago   year ago
      STEEL (5/7) thous. of net tons   1,921  1,960 # 6.3
      AUTOS (5/7) units              148,635  149,066 r# 10.5
      TRUCKS (5/7) units             124,241  118,580 r# 15.6
      ELECTRIC POWER (5/7) millions
         of kilowatt-hours            53,694  54,593 # 2.4
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/7)
         thous. of bbl./day           14,282  14,065 # 4.4
      COAL (4/30) thous. of net tons  19,945 # 21,447  9.0
      PAPERBOARD (4/30) thous. of tons 862.1 # 849.7 r 8.2
      PAPER (4/30) thous. of tons      810.0 # 805.0 r 1.5
      LUMBER (4/30) millions of ft.    445.8 # 446.0  4.5
      RAIL FREIGHT (4/30)
         billions of ton-miles          23.0 # 22.9  4.5
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper Institute, WWPA*, SFPA**, Association of American Railroads
      
      
TABLE: FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                Latest  Week  Year
                                week   ago   ago
      JAPANESE YEN (5/11)        104  102  111
      GERMAN MARK (5/11)        1.68  1.66  1.61
      BRITISH POUND (5/11       1.49  1.50  1.53
      FRENCH FRANC (5/11)       5.74  5.69  5.43
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/11)    1.38  1.39  1.27
      SWISS FRANC (5/11)        1.43  1.41  1.45
      MEXICAN PESO (5/11)***   3.320  3.288  3.128
      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 (5/11) $/troy oz.             380.500  375.150  6.8
      STEEL SCRAP (5/10) #1 heavy, $/ton  128.50  135.00  20.7
      FOODSTUFFS (5/9) index, 1967=100     216.2  216.9  5.3
      COPPER (5/7) cts/lb.                  97.1   93.9  10.4
      ALUMINUM (5/7) cts/lb.                63.0   61.3  20.0
      WHEAT (5/7) #2 hard, $/bu.            3.76   3.72  13.3
      COTTON (5/7) strict
         low middling 1-1/16 in., cts/lb. 80.24  78.40  40.0
      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 (5/6) S&P 500           451.39  451.15  1.8
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/6)       7.97 % 7.81 % 8.1
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/6)     99.4  98.7  2.9
      BUSINESS FAILURES (4/29)               NA  NA  NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/27) billions   $421.1  $422.0r  3.5
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/25) billions  $3,550.2 $3,556.3r 3.3
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
         (4/23) thous.                       333  364  3.8
      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
      BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (Apr.)  191.4  190.2  2.0
      BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (Apr.)     235.0  233.2 r 9.2
      EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Apr.) millions   122.3  122.0  2.2
      UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Apr.)       6.4 % 6.5 % 13.5
      Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS
      
      
TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS
                                          Latest     Week     % Change
                                           week      ago     year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (4/25)            $1,136.3  $1,137.6 r 9.2
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (4/27)          290.2   290.8 r 4.5
      FREE RESERVES (4/27)                  1,362 r  772 r 5.7
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/27)  154.8   157.0  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 (5/10)                    3.58 % 3.81 % 2.90 %
      PRIME (5/11)                            6.75  6.75  6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (5/10)         4.73  4.28  3.11
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (5/11)  4.65  4.32  3.07
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (5/6)                4.33  4.14  3.06
      Sources: Federal Reserve, First Boston
      

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