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December  23, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 52  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Producers headed into the holiday weeks in firm control of most framing lumber markets. Solid order files, holiday downtime, and optimistic expectations for the first quarter generated a bullish tone. This prompted more buyers to get off the fence and cover January needs. The November U.S. housing starts report also buoyed confidence, and traders said it was the catalyst for some customers strengthening their positions on the long side. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $5, to $384. 


  This Week
Dec 20
Last Week
Dec 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $384 $379 $373
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 372 355 370
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 456 450 459
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 358 325 320
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 417 416 419
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 383 375 385
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 830 835 500
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets approached year-end on solid footing. It came in fits and starts, but sales of OSB picked up in most parts of North America. At the leading edge of the upward trend was the Pacific Northwest. Southern Pine plywood producers were content with the week¨s steady sales pace, and prices maintained an upward tilt. Western Fir plywood mills booked enough orders to push files solidly into January, and modestly lift prices of most panels.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 20
Last Week
Dec 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $366 $363 $454
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-410 365-405 415-430
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 377-416 372-410 430-453
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 387 380 455
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 228 225 358
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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

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