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November  04, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 45  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

October came to a close with many framing lumber prices tilted upward. While winter was on the minds of some buyers, and Texas and Louisiana were soaked with heavy rain, mild weather prevailed across most of the U.S. and Canada. With supplies flowing smoothly through the distribution system, dealers and distributors were forced to replace more frequently than they had anticipated. Follow-through from the previous week¨s fast finish carried many prices higher, with the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite posting an $8 gain to $389.

  This Week
Nov 1
Last Week
Oct 25
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $389 $381 $339
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 381 366 330
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 474 464 420
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 332 322 275
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 414 414 387
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 380 372 317
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 790 770 503
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices faded amid lackluster demand. OSB prices softened in most regions as producers with short order files trimmed quotes or opened to counters to pull buyers off the sidelines. While most Southern Pine plywood prices finished lower, the tone of the market Friday was upbeat compared to what it was at the start of the week. Western Fir plywood prices slipped in a week of spotty sales. A few mills held their asking levels, but others aggressively priced offerings to extend order files.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Nov 1
Last Week
Oct 25
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $369 $377 $422
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-385 370-390 400-420
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-385 370-395 408-442
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 377 388 385
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 255 264 325
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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

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