Business Week Index

BusinessWeek Index
PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                          LATEST   WEEK        YEARLY
                                          WEEK     AGO         % CHG
      STEEL (12/30) thous. of net tons    1,818    1,786#      -8.8
      AUTOS (12/30) units                 0        138,600r#   NM
      TRUCKS (12/30) units                0        112,900r#   NM
      ELECTRIC POWER (12/30)
        millions of kilowatt-hrs.         NA       63,113#     NA
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (12/30)
        thous. of bbl./day                NA       13,863#     NA
      COAL (12/23) thous. of net tons     19,239#  19,793      -5.4
      PAPERBOARD (12/23) thous. of tons   NA#      858.3r      NA
      PAPER (12/23) thous. of tons        NA#      817.0r      NA
      LUMBER (12/23) millions of ft.      423.0#   404.4       12.0
      RAIL FREIGHT (12/23)
        billions of ton-miles             24.4#    24.6        3.0
      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 (12/29) S&P 500        614.72   609.42      33.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (12/29)   6.76%    6.87%r      -19.8
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (12/29) 111.4    111.4       -1.7
      BUSINESS FAILURES (12/22)           NA       343r        NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/20) billions  $502.3   $503.3r     8.8
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/18) billions   $3,744.5 $3,736.1r   4.7
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
        (12/16) thous.                    NA       341         NA
      Sources: Center for International Business Cycle Research (CIBCR), Standard & 
      Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=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 (1/3) $/troy oz.               393.400  387.050     3.3
      STEEL SCRAP (1/2) #1 heavy, $/ton   135.00   134.00      -6.3
      COPPER (12/30)  cents/lb.           130.6    134.2       -8.3
      ALUMINUM (12/30)  cents/lb.         79.8     79.0        -15.1
      COTTON (12/30) strict low
        middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.   79.47    80.35       -7.9
      OIL (1/2) $/bbl.                    19.81    19.26       13.7
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                          LATEST   WEEK        YEAR
                                          WEEK     AGO         AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (1/2)                 6.06%    5.50%       5.98%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/2) 3-month      5.50     5.62        6.32
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
        (1/3) 3-month                     5.44     5.55        6.36
      FIXED MORTGAGE (12/29) 30-year      7.40     7.46        9.18
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE
        (12/29) one-year                  5.63     5.60        7.38
      PRIME (1/3)                         8.50     8.50        8.50
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                          LATEST   WEEK        YEAR
                                          WEEK     AGO         AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (1/3)                  104.42   102.81      101.05
      GERMAN MARK (1/3)                   1.44     1.43        1.55
      BRITISH POUND (1/3)                 1.55     1.56        1.56
      FRENCH FRANC (1/3)                  4.92     4.89        5.35
      ITALIAN LIRA (1/3)                  1572.6   1579.5      1623.3
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/3)               1.35     1.36        1.40
      MEXICAN PESO (1/3)3                 7.575    7.635       5.400
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound in dollars
      
      #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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