Thursday, November 05, 2009

Quick Update on a Few Markets

Market Pulp producers have started to announce yet another price increase. The new pricing is slated for November shipments, but will most likely not be implemented until December. The $30/mt pop will bring NBSK to $830/mt in North America ($700/mt for BEK).

Transaction prices continue to climb for Uncoated Free sheet, although cut size / business papers remains somewhat flat at $1010-1060/t; 50lb rolls are now $845-865/ton. Envelope papers also up $40/ton

Containerboard pricing remains flat, but with pulp and other raw material costs increases, the producers must do something. There has been equipment curtailment, which will assist the mill's efforts to increase pricing.

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