U.S. Housing Starts Surge 27 Percent Above 2012 Rate

Housing starts in February rose 0.8% from January, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. The rate is 27.7% above February 2012. Single-family starts were running at a 618,000 annual rate, up 0.5% from January. In addition,...

Lumber Futures Climb To 8-Year High

Lumber futures have climbed to their highest level since 2005 and they have gained around 9% this year, with most of that gain seen just this month as the outlook for U.S. housing improves. “Lumber, like other raw commodity goods, is a good indication of economic...

Lumber Futures Log An 8-Year High

Lumber futures jumped to an eight-year high, as signs of a pickup in Chinese buying added to optimism about the U.S. housing recovery that has fueled a three-month boom in the building material. Prices of lumber for January delivery on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange...