Shiver me timbers! Lumber prices hit 8-year high

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CME lumber futures were ‘limit up’ today, gaining $10 to the highest since March 2005.

lumber futures weekly 10 years ending March 14, 2013

CME front month lumber futures

Lumber is a major export for a number of nations, especially Canada and today’s jump/breakout helps explain Canadian dollar strength. It’s also another sign of a resurgence in US housing.

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  1. You have to factor in not just the US Housing, but the rebuild of the NorthEast coast following Sandy most of the houses were wood framed and have been waiting for insurance & Govt funding while also waiting for the new codes & height restrictions to be worked out.. Much of the reconstruction has been on hold & will now begin hence lumber futures should remain strong on back of this..

  2. Agreed with cooments made by Keith. There are multiple factors influencing the cost of lumber, not the least of which include international demand for timber resources. As business continues to push forward the demand will increase and so will costs.


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