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CIBC Chopping Block (Sept. 23): Lumber prices moderate on housing fears, with W. SPF down 1.0% week-over-week to US$515/mbf, and SYP 2x4 down 4.2% to US$592/mbf; traders are concerned about sustainability of housing starts following latest Fed rate hikes

RBC Capital: August US housing data viewed as neutral, with housing starts above expectations but permits below expectations; homebuilder confidence down for ninth straight month, as slowdown continues amid soft market, lower home prices and rising rates

CIBC: US housing starts in August above expectations, up 12% month-over-month, but permits underwhelm, down 10%; going forward, continued slowdown in building would be in line with further deterioration in homebuilder confidence, rise in mortgage rates

Lumber prices climb more than 6% on Sept. 20 amid August rebound in new home construction; housing starts in August jumped 12.2% to an annual rate of 1.575 million units, though new permits for future home construction dropped 10% to 1.517 million units

US single-family starts rose 3.4% in August to a 935,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, multifamily starts up 28.0% to 640,000 pace; number of apartments under construction at 890,000, the highest since Q1 1974: NAHB

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