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September  02, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 36  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber sales sputtered with the approach of the long holiday weekend in the U.S. and Canada. Secondaries approached the market cautiously, and dealers were usually content to fill inventory holes. They often turned to distribution yards to purchase the mixed truckloads they wanted. Southern Pine sales picked up in late trading, stemming some of the market¨s earlier weakness. In the West, most mills made it through month-end relatively unscathed. 



  This Week
Aug 30
Last Week
Aug 23
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $350 $352 $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 420 422 417
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 305 310 317
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 366 366 366
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 350 350 327
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 680 670 460
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales lacked energy. OSB prices shifted moderately in both directions amid a lackluster sales pace that slowed as the week progressed. Sales of Southern Pine plywood were hit and miss, and prices were flat to down. Two-tiered pricing was evident as secondaries struggled to sell what they had purchased last week. Western Fir plywood mills and buyers showed little urgency to do much business in advance of the Labor Day weekend, resulting in an uneventful week.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 30
Last Week
Aug 23
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $376 $379 $456
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-407 390-410 437-477
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-417 390-420 455-487
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 395 405 470
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 243 247 360
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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