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August  19, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 34  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Most buyers took a cautious approach to trading, noting mixed signals across the various framing lumber species. Strength in Western S-P-F was largely derived from producers¨ offshore accounts, which allowed them to limit their offerings to the U.S. and avoid paying the 10% export tax. Southern Pine stood out for its widespread weakness, which some traders pinned on persistent wet weather, particularly in the Southeast. All told, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite slipped for the second straight week. 

  This Week
Aug 16
Last Week
Aug 9
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $354 $355 $340
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 328 323 315
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 417 415 423
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 312 308 318
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 368 368 347
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 350 347 328
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 655 640 470
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Positive housing starts news Friday belied the lackluster demand that permeated the OSB market. Producers in most regions took on a more aggressive stance to pull buyers off the sidelines, and prices fell to new lows for the year in several regions. A ho-hum week of sales left most Southern Pine plywood prices unchanged and left traders divided over the market¨s near-term course. Western plywood trading was on the quieter side, with mills reporting busy days interspersed with dead periods through the week. Weakness in the OSB market kept buyers in a cautious posture, but quotes for fall jobs continued to circulate. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 16
Last Week
Aug 9
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $386 $393 $442
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 395-420 395-420 435-470
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 403-430 403-430 450-482
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 415 413 467
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 252 260 337
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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