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May 27, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 22  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Prices of framing lumber remained under heavy downward pressure as mills sought offers and buyers held back for fear of further downside potential. Sandwiched between holiday weekends in the U.S. and Canada, the week offered less opportunity to build any momentum, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $13, to $361. The trend left many traders frustrated, given the market¨s inability to shake weakness at a time of year that¨s traditionally active.

  This Week
May 24
Last Week
May 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $361 $374 $344
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 320 332 309
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 426 435 405
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 322 339 250
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 378 390 360
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 350 362 325
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 605 610 595
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices continued to decline. Prices of OSB softened across all producing regions heading into the holiday weekend in the U.S. Several producers found themselves with short order files amid a customer exodus Friday among U.S. traders. While some Southern Pine plywood mills stuck to quotes, others entertained counters. Downside price pressure from the secondary level eased. Trading in western Fir plywood was uneven but slow for the most part; some traders began their holiday weekend a day early.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 24
Last Week
May 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $452 $460 $364
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 430-470 435-485 385-400
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 435-475 440-490 390-415
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 400 410 388
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 355 362 243
*Weighted average of 11 key items



(Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.)

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