Steaks on the Wane: An Economic Meat Thermometer
Forget housing starts or productivity stats. It's the national appetite for steak dinners that provides the best gut check on the economy. The sagging stocks in FORTUNE's Porterhouse Meal Index (PMI) are evidence of market concerns about high gas prices and shrinking expense accounts.
By Matthew Boyle

(FORTUNE Magazine) –

* Since Feb. 9.