Business Week Index

      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                      LATEST  WEEK    YEARLY
                                                      WEEK    AGO     % CHG
      STEEL (11/5) thous. mf net tons                 1,880   1,954#     2.0
      AUTOS (11/5) units                              136,333 146,862r#  1.3
      TRUCKS (11/5) units                             121,191 125,003r#  4.8
      ELECTRIC POWER (11/5) millions of kilowatt-hrs. 55,850  55,833#   -0.9
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/5) thous. of bbl./day    13,462  13,089#   -1.2
      COAL (10/29) thous. of net tons                 20,502# 20,667     11.5
      PAPERBOARD (10/29) thous. of tons               916.3#  914.0      7.2
      PAPER (10/29) thous. of tons                    827.0#  840.0r    -0.4
      LUMBER (10/29) millions of ft.                  480.9#  481.1     -0.6
      RAIL FREIGHT (10/29) billions of ton-miles      25.7 #  25.3       11.7
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Forest 
      & Paper Association, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                                      LATEST        WEEK     YEARLY
                                                      WEEK          AGO       % CHG
      BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX* (10/29)            246.9         246.6r      7.9
      STOCK PRICES (11/4) S&P 500                     467.49        464.92      0.9
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/4)                8.68%         8.65%       26.7
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/4)              108.9         107.9       15.9
      BUSINESS FAILURES (10/28)                       298           262        -9.7
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/26) billions             $445.2        $444.3r      7.5
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/24) billions              $3,559.6      $3,561.3r    1.8
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (10/22) thous.     324           325r       -6.9
      Sources: Center for International Business Cycle Research (CIBCR), 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. *Copyright 1994 by 
      CIBCR.
      
      PRICES
                                                              LATEST    WEEK  YEARLY
                                                              WEEK       AGO   % CHG
      GOLD (11/9) $/troy oz.                                  383.600   383.850 2.3
      STEEL SCRAP (11/8) #1 heavy, $/ton                      133.50    133.50 -2.9
      COPPER (11/5)  cents/lb.                                130.2     126.7   57.3
      ALUMINUM (11/5)  cents/lb.                              91.0      86.5    85.7
      COTTON (11/5) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.69.79     69.38   24.1
      OIL (11/8) $/bbl.                                       18.45     18.63   10.1
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                              LATEST          WEEK            YEAR
                              WEEK            AGO             AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (11/9)     97.77           96.20           106.56
      GERMAN MARK (11/9)      1.53            1.49            1.70
      BRITISH POUND (11/9)    1.60            1.64            1.42
      FRENCH FRANC (11/9)     5.26            5.12            5.91
      ITALIAN LIRA (11/9)     1571.0          1538.5          1662.3
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (11/9)  1.35            1.36            1.31
      MEXICAN PESO (11/9)3    3.424           3.436           3.205
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound in dollars
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                              LATEST          WEEK            YEAR
                                              WEEK            AGO             AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (11/8)                    4.51%           4.76%           2.96%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/8) 3-month         5.73            5.60            3.40
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (11/9) 3-month  5.72            5.58            3.36
      FIXED MORTGAGE (11/4) 30-year           9.18            9.17            7.16
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (11/4) one-year     6.07            6.00            4.20
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates
      
      #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 availabler=revised   NM=Not 
      meaningful
      
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