Housing vs Carloads of Lumber

In Rail Time Indicators January 2010, it shows the weekly Rail carloads of Lumber on page 16. On Page 27, it shows Housing Starts versus Rail Carloads of Lumber. The cost of lumber increased this week. Do you think it will keep increasing because of the supply shortage. If you look at the graph Average Carload of Lumber for January 2009 compared to February and March the demand was slightly lower for these months. Last year was the start the of lumber supply shortage.

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