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December  16, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 51  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

A midweek pickup in demand bounced prices of some key framing lumber items off their lows for the week, and trading finished the week with a more upbeat tone. The narrows of Western S-P-F, Eastern S-P-F, and green Douglas Fir stood out for their level of activity and rebound in pricing from earlier lows. In contrast, downward price pressure intensified in Southern Pine, as mills sought trading levels more aggressively to keep buildups in check. It was aggressive pricing earlier in the week that primed the pump in S-P-F.


  This Week
Dec 13
Last Week
Dec 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $379 $388 $364
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 355 358 362
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 450 461 452
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 325 323 300
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 416 426 410
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 375 382 370
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 835 835 500
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales picked up late in the week after a sluggish start. OSB producers saw mixed results, and prices adjusted in both directions. Activity picked up at midweek in some regions, but others languished through the week. After a slow start, Southern Pine plywood sales kicked into gear Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Mills helped get the ball rolling by opening to counters early in the week. Demand for western Fir plywood picked up at midweek, as buyers saw more mills push order files into January. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 13
Last Week
Dec 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $363 $363 $442
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-405 370-405 410-425
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 372-410 372-410 420-450
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 380 370 430
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 225 230 345
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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