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The production of lumber has been a critical economic activity throughout American history. The lumber industry consists of three divisions: the logging industry, the sawmill industry, and the panel industry. Approximately one-fifth of all U.S. land grows potentially commercial timber, of which about 70 percent is privately owned. Most U.S. lumber production supplies domestic markets, particularly single-family homes.

For more than 30 years the CME® Random Length Lumber futures and options have given hedgers and speculators a vehicle to manage price risk and to take advantage of price opportunities. The contract specifies 110,000 board feet (one 73’ flat car) of random length 8’ – 20’ softwood 2 x 4s, the type used for rehabbing and construction.

Random Lenght Lumber Futures and Options

Click on the link above to download a very informative .pdf brochure entitled "Random Length Lumber Futures and Options: An Introductory Guide". It was published by the CME Group. This is a must read guide for any novice or advanced trader considering an investment in the sugar commodity futures and options markets.

Click here to contact a licensed commodities broker with experience in the lumber market.

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