Business Week Index

BusinessWeek Index
PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                         LATEST    WEEK       YEARLY
                                         WEEK      AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (1/6) thous. of net tons     1,951     1,818#     -1.7
      AUTOS (1/6) units                  92,978    0#         -15.0
      TRUCKS (1/6) units                 80,957    0#         -4.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (1/6)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.         NA        61,845#    NA
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (1/6)
       thous. of bbl./day                NA        13,990#    NA
      COAL (12/30) thous. of net tons    14,785#   19,239     -7.9
      PAPERBOARD (12/30)
       thous. of tons                    NA#       839.4      NA
      PAPER (12/30) thous. of tons       NA#       820.0      NA
      LUMBER (12/30) millions of ft.     213.8#    423.0      -30.8
      RAIL FREIGHT (12/30)
       billions of ton-miles             18.4#     24.4       -5.6
      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 (1/5) S&P 500         NA        614.72     NA
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (1/5)    NA        6.76%      NA
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (1/5)  NA        111.4      NA
      BUSINESS FAILURES (12/29)          NA        NA         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (12/27) billions NA        $502.3     NA
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (12/25) billions  NA        $3,744.5   NA
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (12/23) thous.                    NA        NA         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 (1/10) $/troy oz.             400.000   393.400    6.5
      STEEL SCRAP (1/9) #1 heavy, $/ton  139.50    135.00     -3.1
      COPPER (1/6)  cents/lb.            126.2     130.6      -9.8
      ALUMINUM (1/6)  cents/lb.          79.3      79.8       -17.9
      COTTON (1/6) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.   80.49     79.47      -6.5
      OIL (1/9) $/bbl.                   19.95     19.81      14.5
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                         LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                         WEEK      AGO        AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (1/9)                5.28%     6.06%      5.44%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (1/10) 3-month    5.45      5.50       6.18
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
       (1/10) 3-month                    5.44      5.44       6.18
      FIXED MORTGAGE (1/5) 30-year       7.30      7.40       9.39
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (1/5) one-year 5.56      5.63       6.85
      PRIME (1/10)                       8.50      8.50       8.50
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                         LATEST    WEEK       YEAR
                                         WEEK      AGO        AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (1/10)                105.21    104.42     99.88
      GERMAN MARK (1/10)                 1.44      1.44       1.54
      BRITISH POUND (1/10)               1.55      1.55       1.56
      FRENCH FRANC (1/10)                4.93      4.92       5.30
      ITALIAN LIRA (1/10)                1572.0    1572.6     1624.0
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (1/10)             1.36      1.35       1.41
      MEXICAN PESO (1/10)3               7.525     7.575      5.725
      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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