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October  07, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 41  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading in framing lumber geared down, and in some cases stalled, in early October. Most prices remained on a firm footing, but cracks developed or widened in some key prices. Weakness in futures, the calendar, and the fiscal stalemate in Washington, D.C., were cited as factors undermining confidence. Canadian producers note that offshore export business had dropped off, and remained quiet through the week partly because of a Chinese holiday. Even so, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $3.

  This Week
Oct 4
Last Week
Sep 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $384 $381 $319
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 357 359 288
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 455 451 382
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 325 325 265
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 418 409 374
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 365 365 297
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 735 720 495
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were lukewarm at best. Activity levels in OSB varied greatly by region, but prices grinded higher in all producing regions. Sales waned in Western Canada and throughout western markets. Southern Pine plywood sales were quieter than the previous week, and most mills quoted shipments for the week of October 14. Order files at some westside mills reached the week of October 21. Western Fir plywood sales were steady, but below last week¨s levels for the majority of mills.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 4
Last Week
Sep 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $386 $381 $402
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-415 387-410 400-415
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 395-420 393-415 396-430
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 418 416 405
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 260 250 295
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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