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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

October  28, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 44  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber sales generally topped expectations for a week in which many decision-makers were out of their offices. Lean inventories across the distribution system were a catalyst as buyers returned with regularity to replenish stock that eroded faster than they had anticipated. Consumption remained steady to strong in many markets. Prompt loads got the most play. A perception that downside price risk was minimal drew in buyers in some regions.

  This Week
Oct 25
Last Week
Oct 18
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $381 $383 $328
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 366 363 313
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 464 460 403
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 322 317 272
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 414 419 372
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 372 370 310
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 770 760 503
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading was lackluster. Mill sales of OSB were spotty, especially in the second half of the week, and prices in most producing regions were flat to soft. Southern Pine plywood sales languished, and prices gave ground as mills struggled to push order files through the end of the month. A few mills got this done with help from sharp discounting. Most western Fir plywood mills and secondaries reported a brisk pace of inquiries, but orders were harder to come by. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 25
Last Week
Oct 18
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $377 $381 $411
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-390 380-400 398-415
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-395 385-410 400-433
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 388 402 370
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 264 264 313
*Weighted average of 11 key items






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

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