WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.20

A compendium of revealing stats and the key leading economic indicators and business metrics based on today's Wall Street Journal article and reports:

The 50 Women to Watch 2006: Melinda Gates (The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Indra Nooyi (Pepsico), Irene Rosenfeld (Kraft Foods), Patricia Woertz (Archer-Daniels-Midland), and Andrea Jung (Avon Products) are the top 5. Last year, women held 16.4% of Fortune 500 corporate-officer jobs, a rise of just 0.7 percentage point from 2002, according to a survey by Catalyst, the New York research group. The survey also found that women made up only 6.4% of the top five earners among corporate officers, a rise of 1.2 percentage points in the same period. 

Blackstone Reaches Pact to Buy REIT on a Banner Day for Deals: Private-equity firm Blackstone Group reached a $20 billion deal to acquire Equity Office Properties Trust, the nation's largest office-building owner and manager, as Wall Street wrapped up at least $52 billion of deals on one of its biggest deal-making days ever. The real-estate sector has seen deals worth $264 billion this year, up nearly 50% from 2005, according to data from Thomson Financial. Over the past five years, the total return for all office REITs is 149.5%, according to SNL Financial. The average for all REITs is 182.8%. $52B
Where Money Buys Diplomacy: U.S. companies signed with Vietnamese firms deals valued at as much as $2 billion during the summit. The Asian Development Bank estimates Vietnam's economy will grow by 7.8% this year, and the country is an increasingly attractive destination for foreign investment.  $2B
G-20 Meeting Puts Energy Topics As Primary Focus: International Energy Agency paper projected energy demand will grow 50% in the next 25 years. 50%
Trouble in Toyland: By Friday afternoon, eBay had sold more than 3,200 PS3s -- which cost $500 and $600 in retail stores -- for an average selling price of $1,887.90, according to eBay. Sony previously said it expected to have 400,000 PS3s available at North American retailers for the launch of the console and to sell a million consoles here by year end. 3,200
Booming Chinese Auto Market Spurs Car Makers to Stake Claims: Industry executives say the Chinese auto market will be the world's second-largest this year and No. 1 within 15 years. China vehicle sales are expected to pass 7 million this year. The U.S. has sales of 16.5 million to 17 million vehicles a year. By 2020, vehicle sales in China could hit 20 million a year, some industry executives say. 20M
Bank of America Targets Ultrarich In U.S. Trust Deal: Bank of America is the second-largest U.S. bank by market value, after Citigroup - with Bank of America at $250.3 billion and Citigroup at $252.5 billion. 

J.P. Morgan is the country's largest private bank, with about $230 billion under management in the U.S. Citi Private Bank has about $220 billion under management globally. Bank of America's private bank has about $167 billion under management. With U.S. Trust's $94 billion in client assets under management, the combined firm will have about $260 billion in assets under management. Bank of America also holds more than 9% of the total $6.5 trillion in U.S. deposits. 

$260B

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