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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

September  23, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 39  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Most framing lumber prices tilted upward in uneven trading. Momentum faded in Southern Pine as the week progressed, but sales were steady to brisk in other species. With export orders having recently fortified mill positions in Western Canada and the West, the U.S. market drove overall demand this week. Toronto led the way among Canadian markets. Price gains pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price to $373 in the first counting week for determining November tax rates under the Softwood Lumber Agreement. 

  This Week
Sep 20
Last Week
Sep 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $373 $364 $329
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 351 342 294
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 444 435 395
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 318 312 275
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 396 386 385
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 360 355 302
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 710 700 480
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panels traded at a moderate pace. OSB price trends and sales were mixed. Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest were again on the leading edge of demand. After a dull start to the week, stronger sales Thursday and Friday put the Southern Pine plywood market on a firmer footing. Prices finished higher as most order files moved into the week of October 7. Western Fir plywood buyers replenished thin inventories at a steady pace, pushing mills¨ order files solidly into early October.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 20
Last Week
Sep 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $376 $372 $439
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 382-400 380-395 425-450
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-410 372-402 425-460
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 410 400 445
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 243 243 350
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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