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October  14, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 42  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading was uneven across the spectrum of framing lumber species. A firming in futures helped spur a flurry of sales on Wednesday, but most traders were looking for a clear direction. While Western S-P-F prices finished on firmer ground, weakness intensified in Southern Pine as the week progressed. Trading in western species was hit-and-miss. As a result, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price edged down, ending a run of gains that ensured a zero import tax in November for Canadian exporters shipping to the U.S. 

  This Week
Oct 11
Last Week
Oct 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $383 $384 $316
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 355 357 289
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 455 455 380
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 320 325 262
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 419 418 366
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 365 365 297
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 745 735 500
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were sluggish. Although OSB mill sales slowed from the rate of previous weeks, most producers extended shipment times into November. Buyers address immediate needs with little hesitation, but declined to pad inventories. Traders widely agreed that the Southern Pine plywood market was thinly supplied, but buyers remained cautious. Most purchases were on a hand-to-mouth basis. Western Fir plywood sales slowed and placed downward pressure on prices.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 11
Last Week
Oct 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $387 $386 $396
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-415 390-415 395-410
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 395-420 395-420 392-425
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 416 418 375
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 264 260 290
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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