Leading Indicators
By Oliver Ryan

(FORTUNE Magazine) - TRADING

2,313,661 Volume in Eurodollar contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (Research) on Feb. 15, the day of Ben Bernanke's first congressional testimony as Fed chair. Trading was 36% heavier than the average from Alan Greenspan's last five appearances.

ENERGY

2,400 Power-generation capacity in megawatts of wind turbines sold in 2005 by GE (Research), equivalent to nine fossil-fuel power plants. GE has nearly sold out of wind turbines through 2008. Global wind-power generation increased 30% in 2005.

ADVERTISING

$0.65 Maximum "cost per click" bid, placed by Ford (Research), for the keyword "hybrid" as of Feb. 16 on Yahoo's auction-based ad network. Bidding for the term "SUV" topped out with a Chrysler bid at $2.30.

EQUITY

25% Portion of holdings now invested in non-U.S. stocks by Fidelity's bellwether Magellan fund, up from a reported 4% prior to the October 2005 arrival of new manager Harry Lange.

LITIGATION

9,600 Approximate number of Vioxx-related lawsuits that Merck (Research) still faces. The company won its first federal court decision and second case overall on Feb. 17.

MEDIA

-1% Change in Time Warner (Research) stock price from first reports that activist investor Carl Icahn was targeting the company until a settlement was announced on Feb. 17. Icahn withdrew his threat of a proxy fight; Time Warner (the parent of FORTUNE's publisher) agreed to boost stock buybacks and cut costs.

SOURCES: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, GENERAL ELECTRIC, WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE, YAHOO, FIDELITY, MERCK Top of page

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