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November  18, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 47  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales of framing lumber slowed from the pace of previous weeks. But despite a modest change in tone, an upward trend in prices persisted across all species. A fast finish to the previous week carried many prices higher in early trading, leaving many mills with solid order files. Gains were modest overall, although tight supplies continued to push prices of 2x12 sharply higher in Southern Pine and Douglas Fir. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite climbed to $399.


  This Week
Nov 15
Last Week
Nov 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $399 $396 $352
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 385 381 335
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 476 474 429
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 342 340 283
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 434 427 410
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 390 387 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 820 805 500
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading slowed moderately. Price trends were mixed in OSB, with activity weighted to southern markets. Buyers lacked a sense of urgency or a fear of upside potential. Southern Pine plywood mills marked a quieter week of sales. However, producers maintained the upper hand in negotiations thanks to solid order files. Most were booked into the week of December 2. Western Fir plywood sales slowed to a measured pace after last week¨s rush of business and jump in prices. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Nov 15
Last Week
Nov 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $371 $370 $438
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-400 368-393 408-425
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-410 370-398 420-450
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 395 390 395
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 240 245 345
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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

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