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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

July 29, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 31  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales in most framing lumber markets cooled in comparison with the prior week, but prices continued to carry upward momentum. Buyers were cautious about adding to their inventories. However, finding coverage for near-term requirements was often difficult as mill order files in some regions reached mid-August. Adding to order files was the main priority for many producers, and most raised quotes in modest increments. Two-tiered pricing was evident, but most wholesalers reported steady movement of wood through their hands.

  This Week
Jul 26
Last Week
Jul 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $353 $346 $327
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 323 320 300
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 415 401 405
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 318 315 285
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 362 354 329
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 342 335 310
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 615 605 510
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets played to mixed reviews. A quieter tone prevailed in mill sales of OSB, and prices flattened in some regions. Demand was best in the Pacific Northwest, but a digestion phase was clearly evident in many other regions. Southern Pine plywood mill order files continued to move out, solidifying producers¨ dominant position in negotiations with customers. Files were strongest on the westside. Western Fir plywood mills reported steady sales and kept upward pressure on prices, which gained about $5-10.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jul 26
Last Week
Jul 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $395 $390 $385
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-410 380-390 400-430
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 395-425 385-410 410-440
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 402 395 437
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 270 265 265
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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