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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

August  05, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 32  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber sales were a mixed bag as August got under way. Sales in dry species in the West were steady, and prices gained modestly, but the narrows of green Fir softened. A slower pace was noted in Canadian S-P-F, although the wides, and 2x10 in particular, were active. In the South, buyers stepped back and awaited delivery of a backlog of orders. All told, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite rose $3, to $356, the zero-tax benchmark under the Softwood Lumber Agreement.

  This Week
Aug 2
Last Week
Jul 26
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $356 $353 $330
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 323 323 303
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 415 415 408
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 308 318 293
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 368 362 334
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 345 342 313
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 625 615 500
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading was lackadaisical. Length of order files determined whether OSB mills discounted prices or held firm to quotes, and price trends were mixed by region. Southern Pine plywood prices edged higher, but the market was quiet as buyers worked on getting earlier orders through the system. Most producers fell back on order files that reached at least the week of August 12. Western Fir plywood sales slowed as secondaries digested recent purchases or adopted a cautious approach.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 2
Last Week
Jul 26
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $396 $395 $403
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 395-415 390-410 415-450
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 400-425 395-425 428-470
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 409 402 450
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 270 270 285
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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