Bill's Corner- An Eastern Spruce Perspective

The lumber market lacked enthusiasm and motivation to start the new week. Activity was steady with the usual checking of current orders and what the mills had to sell, but there was little to spark and enliven the market. There was no sense of urgency. Non-action was the rule of the day. Prices were marginally lower, but not enough to entice buyers. Eastern mill shipments were 2 to 3 weeks, but not quick enough to make a difference. A lack of manpower hindered operations at various reloads and trucking companies causing ongoing anxiety and delays, which was nothing new for many.