Business Week Index

BusinessWeek Index
PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                         LATEST     WEEK        YEARLY
                                         WEEK       AGO         % CHG
      STEEL (3/2) thous. of net tons     2,085      2,105r#     4.0
      AUTOS (3/2) units                  122,932    136,086r#   -16.3
      TRUCKS (3/2) units                 125,639    123,347r#   6.0
      ELECTRIC POWER (3/2) millions
       of kilowatt-hrs.                  60,553     59,905#     -0.3
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/2)
       thous. of bbl./day                13,794     13,533#     1.1
      COAL (2/24) thous. of net tons     21,246#    21,641      -4.8
      PAPERBOARD (2/24) thous. of tons   NA#        NA          NA
      PAPER (2/24) thous. of tons        NA#        NA          NA
      LUMBER (2/24) millions of ft.      450.2#     435.5       4.1
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/24) billions
       of ton-miles                      25.2#      25.2        2.0
      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 (3/1) S&P 500         645.45     651.67      33.0
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/1)    7.20%      7.13%       -11.7
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/1)  110.6      110.8       -2.2
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/23)           191        324         -43.8
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/21) billions  $504.4     $507.3      8.0
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/19) billions   $3,665.0   $3,657.0r   2.2
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (2/17) thous.                     382        381r        11.0
      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 (3/6) $/troy oz.              393.600    397.550     4.0
      STEEL SCRAP (3/5) #1 heavy, $/ton  144.50     144.50      2.1
      COPPER (3/2)  cents/lb.            120.0      120.4       -12.1
      ALUMINUM (3/2)  cents/lb.          74.3       76.0        -15.1
      COTTON (3/2) strict low middling
       1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.            80.28      81.33       -20.8
      OIL (3/5) $/bbl.                   19.54      19.63       4.9
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                         LATEST     WEEK        YEAR
                                         WEEK       AGO         AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (3/5)                5.13%      5.20%       5.93%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/6) 3-month     5.19       5.16        6.19
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT
       (3/6) 3-month                     5.17       5.16        6.20
      FIXED MORTGAGE (3/1) 30-year       7.69       7.49r       8.72
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (3/1) one-year 5.50       5.39        6.51
      PRIME (3/6)                        8.25       8.25        9.00
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                        LATEST     WEEK        YEAR
                                        WEEK       AGO         AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (3/6)                105.32     104.44      91.10
      GERMAN MARK (3/6)                 1.48       1.47        1.40
      BRITISH POUND (3/6)               1.53       1.53        1.60
      FRENCH FRANC (3/6)                5.05       5.02        4.99
      ITALIAN LIRA (3/6)                1557.1     1547.5      1667.5
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/6)             1.37       1.37        1.41
      MEXICAN PESO (3/6)3               7.593      7.545       7.150
      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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