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December  09, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 49  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Frigid weather and buyers¨ determination to keep framing lumber inventories in check through the balance of 2013 resulted in a weak start to December. Thinning order files at mills generated a greater urgency to sell, and prices softened unevenly. Cuts in prices were particularly sharp in Western S-P-F and green Douglas Fir. All told, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite fell $9 for the week, its sharpest drop since late May. The goal of many producers was to extend order files into year-end shutdowns.


  This Week
Dec 6
Last Week
Nov 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $388 $397 $362
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 358 380 360
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 461 472 448
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 323 338 287
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 426 432 418
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 382 390 360
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 835 835 500
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading faded. OSB sales were limited by wintry weather in many markets, and prices finished slightly lower in most producing regions. Southern Pine plywood sales were slow as many buyers sat on their hands, unwilling to order anything that would deliver before year-end. A few mills opened to counters to spur demand. Price cuts usually weren¨t deep. A two-tiered market developed in western Fir plywood, and mills took varying approaches to lethargic demand and cautious buyers.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 6
Last Week
Nov 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $363 $369 $436
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-405 375-405 405-420
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 372-410 375-415 410-445
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 370 387 405
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 230 240 345
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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