Business Week Index

      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                       LATEST      WEEK      YEARLY
                                                       WEEK        AGO       % CHG
      STEEL (11/12) thous. of net tons                 1,892        1,880#      0.4
      AUTOS (11/12) units                              143,584      134,384r#   2.0
      TRUCKS (11/12) units                             124,580      124,609r#   10.6
      ELECTRIC POWER (11/12) millions of kilowatt-hrs. 56,204       55,850#     0.2
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/12) thous. of bbl./day    14,891       13,462#     8.9
      COAL (11/5) thous. of net tons                   20,282#      20,502      6.7
      PAPERBOARD (11/5) thous. of tons                 900.9#       916.3       7.4
      PAPER (11/5) thous. of tons                      808.0#       828.0r     -4.9
      LUMBER (11/5) millions of ft.                    491.5#       480.9       3.2
      RAIL FREIGHT (11/5) billions of ton-miles        25.2#        25.7        7.2
      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
      STOCK PRICES (11/11) S&P 500                     464.17       467.49      0.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/11)                8.74 %       8.68 %     26.3
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/11)              109.3        108.9      16.3
      BUSINESS FAILURES (11/4)                         316          298        -7.3
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (11/2) billions               $448.6       $445.0r      7.7
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/31) billions               $3,549.6     $3,559.4r    0.9
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (10/29) thous.     322           324        -5.3
      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.
      
      PRICES
                                                      LATEST        WEEK      YEARLY
                                                      WEEK          AGO       % CHG
      GOLD (11/16) $/troy oz.                         386.250       383.600     3.9
      STEEL SCRAP (11/15)#1 heavy, $/ton              138.50        133.50      0.7
      COPPER (11/12)  cents/lb.                       128.7         130.2      60.8
      ALUMINUM (11/12)  cents/lb.                     90.0          91.0       81.8
      COTTON (11/12) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,
        cents/lb.                                     70.84         69.79      25.4
      OIL (11/15) $/bbl.                              17.57         18.45       4.6
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                              LATEST          WEEK            YEAR
                              WEEK            AGO             AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (11/16)    98.41           97.77           108.10
      GERMAN MARK (11/16)     1.55            1.53            1.71
      BRITISH POUND (11/16)   1.57            1.60            1.48
      FRENCH FRANC (11/16)    5.33            5.26            5.94
      ITALIAN LIRA (11/16)    1589.4          1571.0          1675.0
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (11/16) 1.36            1.35            1.32
      MEXICAN PESO (11/16)3   3.451           3.424           3.120
      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 (11/15)                   5.59 %          4.51 %          3.03 %
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/15) 3-month        5.78            5.73            3.40
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (11/16) 3-month 5.82            5.72            3.33
      FIXED MORTGAGE (11/11) 30-year          9.31            9.18            7.19
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (11/11) one-year    6.24            6.07            4.25
      PRIME (11/16)                           8.50            7.75            6.00
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings
      
      #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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