Business Week Index

      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                              LATEST          WEEK       YEARLY
                                              WEEK            AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (11/26) thous. of net tons        1,991           1,908#       9.9
      AUTOS (11/26) units                     84,161          139,885r#   -0.6
      TRUCKS (11/26) units                    67,504          122,431r#    5.0
      ELECTRIC POWER (11/26) millions
         of kilowatt-hrs.                     55,475          56,067#      0.7
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (11/26) thous.
         of bbl./day                          14,224          14,078#      4.6
      COAL (11/19) thous. of net tons         20,146#         20,419       2.9
      PAPERBOARD (11/19) thous. of tons       895.4#          878.8r       3.9
      PAPER (11/19) thous. of tons            845.0#          833.0r       2.8
      LUMBER (11/19) millions of ft.          506.2#          500.7        2.4
      RAIL FREIGHT (11/19) billions of
         ton-miles                            25.2#           25.0         5.4
      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 (11/25) S&P 500               452.65      464.34         -2.0
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (11/25)          8.62%       8.70%           23.5
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (11/25)        110.5       110.0           17.3
      BUSINESS FAILURES (11/18)                  296         257            -16.6
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (11/16) billions         $450.1      $449.7r         7.8
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (11/14) billions          $3,552.9    $3,552.6r       0.7
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (11/12) thous.326         333            -3.6
      Sources: Center for International Business Cycleresearch (CIBCR), Standard & 
      Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun & Bradstreet 
      (failures of large companies), Federalreserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally 
      adjusts data on business failures andreal estate loans.
      
      PRICES
                                               LATEST          WEEK         YEARLY
                                               WEEK            AGO           % CHG
      GOLD (11/30) $/troy oz.                  383.100         383.800         2.7
      STEEL SCRAP (11/29)#1 heavy, $/ton       138.50          138.50          0.7
      COPPER (11/26)  cents/lb.                137.5           136.8           73.0
      ALUMINUM (11/26)  cents/lb.              96.0            92.0            88.2
      COTTON (11/26) strict low
         middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.       72.85           72.16           23.3
      OIL (11/29) $/bbl.                       17.97           17.48           17.1
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                              LATEST          WEEK            YEAR
                              WEEK            AGO             AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (11/30)    98.93           98.04           108.93
      GERMAN MARK (11/30)     1.57            1.55            1.72
      BRITISH POUND (11/30)   1.57            1.57            1.49
      FRENCH FRANC (11/30)    5.38            5.33            5.93
      ITALIAN LIRA (11/30)    1617.0          1604.7          1723.5
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (11/30) 1.38            1.37            1.33
      MEXICAN PESO (11/30)3   3.437           3.444           3.098
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound in dollars
      
      INTERESTRATES
                                              LATEST          WEEK            YEAR
                                              WEEK            AGO             AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (11/29)                   5.54%           5.49%           3.09%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (11/30) 3-month        6.05            5.89            3.44
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (11/30) 3-month 6.12            5.90            3.35
      FIXED MORTGAGE (11/25) 30-year          9.36            9.33            7.40
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (11/25) one-year    6.36            6.33            4.30
      PRIME (11/30)                           8.50            8.50            6.00
      Sources: Federalreserve, HSH Associates,reuters Holdings PLC
      
      #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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