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Zacks: Builders FirstSource's Q4 earnings and sales beat estimates, despite challenging operating environment in 2023, where single-family starts saw significant reduction; net sales fell 4.7% year-over-year on slowdown in residential construction demand

RBC highlights wood products news for week of Feb. 19: Lumber prices rise, but OSB declines; January housing starts and housing permits come in below consensus; builder sentiment rises for third consecutive month, marking highest level since August 2023

CIBC rates West Fraser at outperform and cuts target C$11 to C$131 on lower lumber margin assumptions over next 18 months, but company positioned to benefit from strong spring selling season, with US housing starts expected to average 1.47 million in 2024

CIBC: US housing starts well below expectations in January, down 15% month-over-month, while building permits also fall below estimate and dip 2%; builder confidence improves for third straight month, lifted by expected Fed rate cuts in H2, other factors

Single-family built-for-rent construction up 29% in Q4 2023 due to high mortgage interest rates, with 22,000 starts despite cooling investor demand for such homes; the sector provides a crucial inventory source amid housing affordability challenges: NAHB

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