The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) today, Friday, May 28, 2021, reported that according to their latest estimates that Personal Income decreased $3.21 trillion or -13.1% in April. Disposable Personal Income (DPI) decreased $3.22 trillion, or -14.6%; and Person Consumption Expenditures (PCE) increased $80.3 billion or 0.5%.
The University of Michigan released today (5-28-21) its final Index of Consumer Sentiment (ICS) for May 2021. Month-over-month, the ICS declined -6.1% from 88.3 in April to 82.9 in May. When compared to May 2020, the ICS increased 14.7% from May 2020 reading of 72.3.
Interfor Corporation announced today, Thursday, May 27, 2021, that it has reached an agreement with Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC and GP Wood Products LLC (collectively Georgia-Pacific) to acquire four of its sawmill operations located in Bay Springs, Mississippi, Fayette Alabama, DeQuincy, Louisiana and Philomath, Oregon. The total purchase price of US $375 million, which includes working capital, will be funded entirely from cash on hand.
The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) has reported their Pending Homes Sales Index (PHSI) — which is based on signed real estate contracts, not actual closings, for existing single-family homes, condos, and co-ops — declined -4.4% in April 2021 to a reading of 106.2. The PHSI has now declined three out of the past four months.
Segezha Group, a Russian integrated forest products company, which operates forestry, sawmilling, plywood manufacturing and cross-laminated timber production, has announced its plans to consolidate 100% of CJSC Novoyeniseiskiy Wood Chemical Complex.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released today (5-27-21) its “second” estimate of real gross domestic product (GDP) for Q1 if 2020. BEA reports it at an annual rate of 6.4%. This is unchanged from their initial “advance” estimate released last month.
Freddie Mac has released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending May 27, 2021. The PMMS reports that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.95% with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.00%. A year ago, at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.15%.
The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting that an additional 406,000 Americans made their initial filing for unemployment benefits during the week ending on Saturday, May 22, 2021 — a decrease of 38,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level.
According to the Federal Reserve Board, North American softwood sawmill capacity is at its greatest level since the Great Recession. Capacity increased by 1.4 billion board feet in the last year. And the vast majority of that increased capacity — 1.1 million board feet — is coming from the Southern U.S.
A ribbon cutting ceremony held today (5-26-21) marked the opening of Delmarva Lumber Company. Delmarva is located on former site of the Cropper Bros. Lumber Company in Willards, MD, which was closed in 2018. Rickards says the mill has over one million board feet of timber ready to start being shipped.