The Leonard Lumber Report: It Was A Grind Higher Week in Futures

The Leonard Lumber Report: It Was A Grind Higher Week in Futures

Change for the Week:

May Futures: 1002.60 +113.60
Open Interest: 2848 +66
CoT: + 108 Industry   

It was a grind higher week in futures as the cash trade found traction. The timing of this cash buy has come about earlier than many would have liked. Logistics and timing continue to be the issue, and these issues have pushed the trade to the futures for some upside risk management. In today’s volatile environment, most find risk management to be a must. The futures did see light selling by Friday, but it mainly was Dow-related.

It’s time to reintroduce the elephant. The great debate is whether there will be a soft or hard landing. In either case, the ship is going down, and the question is how hard it will hit. While that is an interesting debate, we know the housing sector will be the first to show the negative signs regardless.  

Today the buy-side of the industry is trying to navigate the great unknown. There isn’t a big push to own wood, which keeps the marketplace slightly underbought. Contracts and programs are just enough to keep the pipeline flowing. Logistic issues are now having a negative effect on buyers. Instead of a rush to own enough, the buyer is stepping back and just filling in. Another panic buy is looming out there, but the quantity may be less this time. That is troubling long-term.


Let’s Get Technical: 

A while back, the support and resistance channel in May showed an intersection at the $1000 mark, and here we are. Today we have the 100-day moving average meeting the top of the Bollinger band at 1049.60. The 200-day is meeting the bottom of the bands at 861.80. That typically would lead to a breakout. Today it could be signaling a sideways trade. The chart pattern calls a sideways trade from $1200 to $800. The bands are calling it $1050 to $860.00.



There is a change in this cycle’s features going on. Those who limited exposure for the last few years also limited their profits. The cycle is now moving towards those who limit their exposure will be limiting their losses. While that isn’t the case today, the momentum is swinging back. This new feature of limiting exposure is creeping into the industry at a time when demand is good. That leads to tightness. Every dollar higher also leads to less buying. This creates a positive cycle staying in place for a long period. That is what the market indicators are telling us. The short-term investment could be long lumber futures and shorting ARC…..

Open Interest and Commitment of Traders


About The Leonard Report

The Leonard Lumber Report is a new column that focuses on the lumber futures market’s highs and lows and everything else in between. Our very own, Brian Leonard, risk analyst, will provide weekly commentary on the industry’s wood product sectors.

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