Average price for Southern Yellow Pine climbs 12.5% in March to reach US$296/mbf at month-end, after briefly breaking through US$300/mbf threshold: Forest2Market

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina , April 2, 2012 (press release) – Figure 1 summarizes pricing data gathered for Forest2Market’s weekly lumber market report, Mill2Market. For this market report, Forest2Market aggregates sales order data submitted directly by report subscribers. This figure charts weekly sales order prices from January 2010 through year to date 2012 and compares sales order data, FOB Mill on a volume weighted $/MBF basis. The prices in the figure are composite prices; they include dimension lumber, timbers and boards.

This month’s chart shows that price increased by 12.5 percent throughout the month of March. The month began $10/MBF higher than the previous month of February, at a price of $273/MBF. Sales order prices increased throughout the month with the exception of Weeks 11 and 13; in both of these weeks, prices declined by $4/MBF. The month of March ended with a price of $296/MBF.

Early in the month, sales volume remained relatively constant. In keeping with the traditional supply/demand model, however, sales volume decreased in Week 12 in response to escalating prices; in Week 13, as prices declined, sales volume picked up again.

A historical look at March reveals that the pricing trend in 2012 is similar to 2011’s, though prices are higher. March 2012 SYP lumber prices broke slightly above the $300/MBF threshold, eclipsing the March 2011 high of $288/MBF.

In both 2010 and 2011, a precipitous drop in price occurred around this time of year, following price increases at the start of the building season. (Note: In 2010, this drop was delayed by a few months, a result of the first-time homebuyer tax credit.)

Did we see prices reach their pinnacle for 2012 during Week 12? Will they continue to increase in the coming weeks or will Week 13 mark the start of the annual price drop?

Where do you think prices are headed? Let us know by commenting on this post.

About Mill2Market

For Mill2Market, Forest2Market collects 100 percent of all transactions—both sales orders and invoices—from 100 percent of all its subscribers. All prices are reported not as simple averages, but as volume weighted averages. For instance, if one order included 10 MBF at $260 and another included 100 MBF at $280, instead of reporting the average price at $270, Forest2Market would report the volume weighted price, which is calculated as follows:

($280 ×100 MBF)+ ($260 ×10 MBF)/110 MBF =$278/MBF

Using this method, Mill2Market provides an analysis of the southern yellow pine market in two ways:

A weekly market report that provides a real-time description of how the market is operating in the current week. This report uses sales order information in order to capture the current market.
A quarterly market report that provides a comparison of an individual subscriber’s performance against the market. This report reflects invoice data in order to accurately capture final price.

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