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September  16, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 38  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales turned up a notch in most framing lumber sectors. Traders at all levels were generally encouraged by September¨s activity to date, and some producers had already pushed shipment times through the month. Many buyers stayed cautious, with the second-quarter collapse in the market still fresh in their minds. However, that approach, combined with steady-to-active sales, meant they were forced to return to the mills more often for replenishment. Gains for the week pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price to $364. 

  This Week
Sep 13
Last Week
Sep 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $364 $354 $334
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 342 335 298
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 435 428 402
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 312 302 295
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 386 371 380
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 355 353 312
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 700 690 472
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales gained momentum as the week progressed. Activity in OSB picked up in the second half of the week, as buyers with thin inventories stepped in to replenish. Most producers focused on extending order files rather than pushing quotes higher. Southern Pine plywood trading kicked into high gear Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Steep discounts at the mills pulled buyers into the market. A week of strong sales pushed western Fir plywood mills¨ order files into the week of September 30 and early October.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 13
Last Week
Sep 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $372 $372 $452
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-395 380-402 433-470
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 372-402 375-412 443-475
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 400 385 460
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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