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August  26, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 35  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales were uneven and price trends inconsistent across the framing lumber market. Buyers at all levels of the North American distribution system purchased cautiously. Weakness was most pronounced in Southern Pine. Western S-P-F producers maintained firm to higher prices, offsetting cautious buying from customers in the U.S. with steady sales within Canada and offshore. Sales of western U.S. species cooled, but prices posted scattered gains. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite dipped for a third straight week. 



  This Week
Aug 23
Last Week
Aug 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $352 $354 $342
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 328 328 312
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 422 417 423
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 310 312 322
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 366 368 355
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 350 350 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 670 655 460
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales gained modest momentum after sputtering early. Sales of OSB picked up steam in the second half of the week, and most producers reported sales by Friday that were above their lows from Tuesday and Wednesday. After a slow start to the week, Southern Pine plywood sales picked up in late trading. More activity in OSB markets pulled some buyers off the sidelines. Western Fir plywood buyers retreated to the sidelines and hunted for values in a week that saw light volumes traded.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 23
Last Week
Aug 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $379 $386 $453
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-410 395-420 437-475
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-420 403-430 450-487
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 405 415 470
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 247 252 353
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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