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December  30, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 53  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

As expected, sales of framing lumber were muted by the midweek holiday. However, while trading offices were closed or short-staffed, the market¨s overall tone was upbeat, with expectations for an active start to the new year. Producers were especially optimistic, bolstered by order files into mid-January, and sometimes beyond. Reported price changes were minimal, and mostly to the upside. Some wholesalers reportedly had substantial volumes on their lists, but remained confident in their ability to sell with profit.


  This Week
Dec 27
Last Week
Dec 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $387 $384 $381
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 372 372 388
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 458 456 471
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 365 358 330
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 423 417 430
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 385 383 395
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 830 830 500
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales fell silent amid the holiday season. Phones were quiet in OSB markets through most of the week, especially from Wednesday on with Christmas and Boxing Day holidays. A number of traders were out of their offices for most, if not all, of the week. Southern Pine plywood sales Thursday and Friday were a non-event, but prices stayed on a solid footing. The pace was predictably slow in western Fir plywood. Prices finished flat or up about $5. The holidays blunted buyers¨ urgency to take on inventory.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 27
Last Week
Dec 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $369 $366 $464
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 372-410 370-410 420-435
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-416 377-416 435-453
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 390 387 465
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 228 228 370
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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