Did Bunga Bunga Just Kill The US Housing Recovery As Lumber Futures Plunge

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It seems that as long as lumber futures are rising they are an excellent indicator of the strength of the housing recovery, but once they show any weakness, it is technical or negligible. A few things we know: inventory is epically low; homebuilder stocks are priced for perfection (and missing); NAHB confidence is rolling over; and now Lumber futures have tumbled by the most over the last five days in 15 months. So much for a sustained 'recovery'.



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Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:18 | 3274119 Benedict Farse
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It's given me wood.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:26 | 3274151 WayBehind
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Who needs lumber? Gov will provide shelter for all of us at no cost.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:33 | 3274171 Manthong
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Lumber , schlumber..

Have you tried buying an overpriced, undersized "2x4" that didn’t look like a pretzel lately?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:34 | 3274174 malikai
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Apparently, Soybean will not be consumed under Bunga rule.


Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:41 | 3274181 hedgeless_horseman
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Fence rails are $11.27 for 2 x 6 x 16 pressure treated.  4 x 6 posts are $14.  If you add stain and concrete four rail is at $5.00 per foot...just for materials.

Fuck you, Bernanke.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:19 | 3274491 Peachfuzz
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Gotta love it. I saw for a living, and I sell for way less than that just to make ends meet. The government and the gas stations that put diesel in the truck make more off my lumber than I do. Everytime.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 21:40 | 3276118 Squid-puppets a...
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This bubble's bursting: Lumber puncture

just as painful, too

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:22 | 3274655 Raymond Reason
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We build most residential structures in the US out of wood, because it's cheaper than concrete and steel, such as the structures in which most eastern europeans live.  Truth is, only the immediate costs are less.  Have you ever done a google map search for fire stations in your area?  You will be shocked at the number of pushpins, they are nearly as ubiquitous as gas stations.  I would guess the cost of building, maintaining, equipping, and staffing these public sink holes far outweighs the difference in construction costs between wood and steel. 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:25 | 3274675 DeadFred
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Finally. I just had to pay $16 for 1/2 inch OSB that cost $7 a year ago. 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:41 | 3274726 PartysOver
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Dude, seriously.  Are you going to believe your eyes or the credibility of the gov't.  THERE IS NO INFLATION!


Mon, 02/25/2013 - 20:59 | 3276009 de3de8
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Yep, less for more!

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 19:35 | 3279745 Stuck on Zero
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There's no inflation.  Consumers can move into containers instead of homes.  Lumber is sky high but containers (a la BDI) are really cheap.



Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:22 | 3274658 MSimon
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They will build it out of steal.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:29 | 3274158 Edward Fiatski
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Well, this will definitely leave a mark.

U.S. Consumer confidence is tom @ 15:00 GMT, along with House Price Index for Dec & Q4.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:34 | 3274359 seek
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I'll take the under on confidence, if the number is legit.

I've never seen anything like what I'm seeing now, including '08.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:41 | 3274387 Edward Fiatski
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I'm getting the same vibes. Durables probably are going to be ugly as well.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:18 | 3274121 williambanzai7
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Go long Chinese walnuts...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:53 | 3274570 DosZap
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No it was the INCOME TAX EXEMPTIONS CUTS coming.......................

Mortgage Interest, and Charitable Contributions.

As they see it, ONLY the wealthy ITEMIZE and use those deductions.(THEIR WORDS<NOT MINE)

OT: as an Aside, Obama has been caught using Spambot people on Twitter to inflate the numbers for his GUN CONTROL AGENDA.

Caught by Steve Stockman from Texas.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:18 | 3274122 Cognitive Dissonance
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One would think lumber grows on trees like fiat.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:19 | 3274126 Super Broccoli
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the housing market got gang bungaed !

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:25 | 3274131 hedgeless_horseman
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That is odd; I would think we need moar lumber (gallows and bridges) for hung parliments in Italy.


Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:23 | 3274309 Yes We Can. But...
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Whose mistress is that in the middle?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:37 | 3274371 seek
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That's Claretta Petacci, Benito Mussolini's babe. One of the rare cases where lynching is a STD.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:21 | 3274133 LongSoupLine
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Bunga is the fucking stick in the Keynesian bicycle spokes.

I fucking love it!

Fuck you Goldman and Bernanke. Eat Bunga hot steaming shit you fucking dickeared pricks.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:28 | 3274155 Cognitive Dissonance
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Clearly your mother never washed your dirty mouth out with Mr. Bubbles for such talk. :)

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:40 | 3274197 Edward Fiatski
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Such talk shows Spirit, such talk shows Character, such talk is needed in these difficult times.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:19 | 3274295 Yes We Can. But...
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This lumber futures action is simply a reflection of the fact that home builders, having for years now observed a national economy supported by nothing more than printed paper, are finally coming around to the recognition/conclusion that their product - newly-built homes - need not be supported by a material as real and substantial - and costly - as wood.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:20 | 3274299 Edward Fiatski
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Check all the walls for thickness, if you're purchasing a new home. :)

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:45 | 3274209 Wakanda
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Well put! 

Never underestimate the PoWeR of word like BuNGa  -  FiSHeS!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:03 | 3274447 Straw Dog
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"Bunga is the fucking stick in the Keynesian bicycle spokes.

I fucking love it!"

Love the phrase, so descriptive

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:22 | 3274137 bank guy in Brussels
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Bunga to the rescue

Basta to the euro

Pasta for dinner !

Bringing this bitch down is good for the long-term ... short term explosion is what the whole world needs

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:24 | 3274143 lolmao500
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now Lumber futures have tumbled by the most over the last five days in 15 months

That's it, Bernanke needs to print MOAR to save the lumber industry!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:53 | 3274231 Edward Fiatski
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It's the other way around!!!!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:14 | 3274631 mind_imminst
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That is what I expect. Any sharp dips in equities will bring the FED in at 2X, 3X, 4X what they have been printing.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:24 | 3274144 G_T_A_44
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" A few things we know: inventory is epically low."


Easy solution.


Release some of the 9MM units in shadow inventory. 


Oh wait, what would that do to pricing?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:25 | 3274147 H E D G E H O G
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beat me to it 'Horsemeat Man:) i would think a Million RealMan March on washington, equiped with 1,000,000 custom made two X four clubs would help the cause.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:26 | 3274149 DoChenRollingBearing
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It's all George Bush's fault!

Oh wait, no, it's all Silvio Berlusconi's fault!

No..., wait, it's all Newt Gingrich's fault...  Waaah...?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:27 | 3274320 Yes We Can. But...
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The administration is endeavoring to blame it all on the U.S. Congress, one party in particular.

Oblamer is blameless, always and forever.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:26 | 3274150 bullmarket
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That's your definition of a plunge? Bunga!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:30 | 3274161 azzhatter
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But...but...but   Sandy!?  Bob Pissani is bullish             How can this be?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:31 | 3274165 azzhatter
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Fuck You Bernanke

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:35 | 3274182 Shizzmoney
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The only thing being built these days seems to be the IRS bridges to our collective assholes.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:41 | 3274199 Bungalow
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Housing needs another haircut.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:48 | 3274217 orangegeek
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Philly Housing Index says the same thing - top is in place and we are in decline.



Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:51 | 3274223 AC_Doctor
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Timmmmbbbbbeeerrrrr, while crushing the green shoots!  False economy, false President, false paper money....

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:12 | 3274270 disabledvet
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"there's always a bull market in bullshit." and to think Seeking Alpha opined about "the great market surge due to elections." since when are these folks "betting on elections" I thought. We'll see what tomorrow brings of course. Peace in our time? A chicken in every pot? A return to normalcy? Only HERE will you not HEAR any of that. (and yes...Bunga Bunga good...betting on election outcomes bad

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:58 | 3274243 rsnoble
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This must be related to fuckhead bens housing recovery speech.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:04 | 3274252 GrinandBearit
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"Are you threatening my bungahole?"

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:08 | 3274257 Hongcha
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Berlusconi is too wily to play the role of the odd man out, this late in his career.  Unlike in the U.S., he could find himself offed in short order over on 'The Boot'.  He will be brought to heel.

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