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Lumber Is Soaring - Timber?


The continuous contract chart of $LUMBER has been on a tear recently. This week the price was almost $200 above the 40-week moving average. With a futures price of $650, that is 30% above the 40-week moving average! 

While new highs are typically followed by new highs, this chart is clearly in blue-moon territory or rarified air. 

StockCharts has $LUMBER data going back to 2006. A look over the past suggests caution. In the lowest panel I have shown the PPO with a (1,40) setting. This calculates the difference between the current weekly moving average of 1-week (Friday's close) with the 40-week moving average. The price accelerated fast back in the spring of 2010. However, within a few weeks it was a rather quick transition. Notice all the extremes in price movement were quickly reversed once they started. With three recent RSI thrusts above 70, this also suggests some caution based on history. 

If you are invested in Forestry stocks, this is a good time to make sure to protect your treetop gains.

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Good trading,
Greg Schnell, CMT, MFTA
Senior Technical Analyst,

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Greg Schnell
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at specializing in intermarket and commodities analysis. Based in Calgary, he is a board member of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA) and the chairman of the CSTA Calgary chapter. He is also the author of Stock Charts for Dummies (Wiley, 2018). Learn More
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