North American benchmark softwood lumber prices did indeed remain flat for the week ending March 19 as customers digested previous orders. However, prices of less-usual grades, sizes, and species did increase. Industry players noted that the spread between #3/Utility grade and standard-grade #2&Btr has closed remarkably; in fact, those disparate items are selling for almost the same price. As well, prices of straight-lengths have risen as buyers search for replacement items in the face of incredibly strong benchmark commodity prices. By way ...
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