Lumber prices fall for the 8th straight day to near $1,000 per thousand board feet for the first time since March
Lumber futuresfell over 5% to trade at $1,059 per thousand board feet on Friday.
- Prices for the hot commodity are now down roughly 37% from May 7 record highs.
- Weyerhaeuser's CEO said $1000
lumber pricesaren't likely to continue at the 2021 Nareit conference.
Lumber prices fell for the eighth straight day on Friday to near $1,000 per thousand board feet for the first time since March in a reprieve for ailing homebuilders and renovators.
Devin Stockfish, the CEO of Weyerhaeuser, one of the world's largest private owners of timberland, said lumber prices over $1,000 aren't likely to continue in the near term at a recent Nareit conference. The CEO added that he believes the home-building and renovation boom could lead to strong wood demand for another decade, however."I don't think $1,000 lumber prices are the new normal," Stockfish told the Nareit REITweek 2021 Investor Conference. "With that being said, when you think about the amount of housing we're going to have to build in the U.S. over the next three, five, 10 years, that's a significant amount of demand for wood products."
To Burman's point, a number of timber companies have announced expansions over the past few months due to continued demand for lumber.
West Fraser Timber recently announced expansions at five US mills, while rival Resolute Forest Products revealed a $50 million bet on "high-return and quick payback" modernization and capacity expansion lumber projects in Quebec, Ontario, and the southeast US.Canfor has also said it will invest around $160 million in a new sawmill in Louisiana.
Rising supply could be helping to quash unsustainable pricing in lumber that has been driving builders to look for alternative materials, fueling modular home building, and even bringing thieves to construction yards.
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