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Update: Lumber Prices Down About 25% YoY

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SPECIAL NOTE: The CME group discontinued the Random Length Lumber Futures contract on May 16th. I’ve now switched to a new physically-delivered Lumber Futures contract that was started in August 2022. Unfortunately, this impacts long term price comparisons.

This graph shows CME random length framing futures through May 16th (blue), and the new physically-delivered Lumber Futures (LBR) contract starting in August 2022 (Red).

LBR is currently at $522 per 1000 board feet.
Click on graph for larger image.

There is somewhat of a seasonal demand for lumber, and lumber prices usually peak in April or May.
We didn’t see a significant runup in prices this Spring due to the housing slowdown.

Q2 GDP Tracking: Around 1.5%

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