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July 01, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 27  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

A perception that most framing lumber prices had bottomed gained support, particularly toward the end of the week. Buyers took some reassurance from solid upward moves Wednesday and Thursday in futures, and reports that offshore markets had purchased significant volumes. Prices finished mixed; wider-than-usual spreads were evident in some items as mills approached the market with varied strategies. Prompt loads drew the most interest as many buyers remained leery about being at the end of a mill¨s order file.

  This Week
Jun 28
Last Week
Jun 21
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $324 $322 $318
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 292 287 283
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 373 380 385
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 277 265 245
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 333 330 328
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 318 320 300
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 600 600 550
* Weighted average of 15 key items





Random Lengths Panel Market Report

The recent downward spiral in structural panel markets moderated. Although OSB traders reported that the tone of the market had improved in some Southern regions, reported prices finished lower by double digits for a sixth consecutive week. While many Southern Pine plywood prices finished lower, the tone of the market was more upbeat Friday than at the start of the week. Traders widely agreed that prices had bottomed. The western Fir plywood market took on a more upbeat tone with stronger sales as the week progressed. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jun 28
Last Week
Jun 21
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $369 $380 $373
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 350-365 355-375 385-398
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 350-370 355-375 390-402
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 350 350 418
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 245 265 255
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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