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September  09, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 37  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

While buyers remained cautious, the market¨s momentum shifted more decisively in favor of producers. In the West and Western Canada, block sales to overseas customers reduced pressure on mills to push loads into domestic markets. Action in the South showed more spark, led by wide dimension on the westside and 2x4 in the other zones; summer rains that had drenched key markets in August relented, lifting consumption and trader morale. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $4, to $354. 


  This Week
Sep 6
Last Week
Aug 30
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $354 $350 $341
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 335 328 308
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 428 420 411
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 302 305 307
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 371 366 374
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 353 350 322
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 690 680 465
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were sluggish. A pedestrian sales pace left most OSB prices flat. Buyers purchased cautiously. News of Louisiana-Pacific Corp.¨s acquisition of Ainsworth was a frequent topic of conversation. Ho-hum sales following the holiday disappointed Southern Pine plywood traders, and most rated sheathing prices softened. Traders widely agreed that field inventories were light. Western Fir plywood mills turned in a mixed week of sales, with sporadic demand after a slow start.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 6
Last Week
Aug 30
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $372 $376 $458
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-402 385-407 437-477
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-412 385-417 455-487
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385 395 470
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 243 243 360
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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