Fourth Quarter Industry Update

Fourth Quarter Industry Update

Welcome to our Fourth Quarter Industry Update, where we delve into the latest developments and insights shaping the lumber industry landscape. In this comprehensive update, we explore a range of topics, from housing starts and permits to lumber market forecasts and major industry announcements. Learn about the trends driving the market, the challenges faced by mills in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, and the anticipated price stability in plywood and OSB markets. Discover how these factors impact your purchasing decisions and business strategies in the dynamic lumber market. Join us as we navigate through the complexities of the industry, providing you with valuable insights to thrive in 2024 and beyond.

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Year End Lumber Market Analysis

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A Comprehensive Year End Lumber Market Analysis

Calling for Santa’s Magical Sawdust 


The lumber market is currently experiencing a ‘state of stability’ marked by intriguing dynamics. This comprehensive year end lumber market analysis will explore pricing trends, categorize market participants into ‘Naughty or Nice’ lists, examine the intersection of interest rates and housing trends, and consider the impact of holiday considerations on the lumber industry.

Pricing Trends:

As we navigate the labyrinth of the lumber market, many mills express a collective desire for a bit of “magical sawdust” from Santa Claus to inject vitality into lumber market prices. Throughout the month, prices have remained relatively flat, with the market’s excitement noticeable only when urgent order needs come into play.

Market Participants: Naughty or Nice List:

Examining market participants, framing, OSB, structural panels, and low-grade lumber find themselves on the “Nice List” due to their consistent and steady performance. On the flip side, mills appear to be on the “Naughty List,” potentially facing challenges or issues affecting their market presence. Further scrutiny reveals a nuanced scenario; the trio is on the “Nice List,” while Jerry may find himself on the “Naughty List.”

Interest Rates and Housing Trends:

Shifting our focus to broader economic factors, mortgage rates have fallen below 7%, with analysts anticipating further decreases in 2024, particularly as it’s an election year. Within the residential sector, there has been a slight uptick, but challenges persist with inventory shortages and concerns about affordability. On the commercial front, a marginal decline was observed last month; however, the sector remains significantly higher (over 16%) compared to the same period last year.

Holiday Considerations:

With the holiday season in full swing, those managing inventories in the lumber industry must be mindful of potential delays in production and transportation. The confluence of holiday closures, vacations, and seasonal Christmas tree transports can impact the usual flow of deliveries and operations within the lumber industry. Historical trends reveal that mills often extend holiday closures to utilize any excess product. Simultaneously, lumberyards commonly operate with lean inventories towards the end of the year, adding a layer of strategic consideration to the holiday dynamics.


In conclusion, this comprehensive analysis reveals a nuanced and multifaceted lumber market. Stability, cautious optimism, and strategic considerations define the industry’s current landscape, shaped by both market trends and seasonal dynamics. Navigating these intricacies requires a keen understanding of the factors at play, ensuring industry stakeholders make informed decisions in this ever-evolving market.

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