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January  06, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 01  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Mostly slow trading greeted traders who made it back into their offices after the midweek holiday. The primary exception was Southern Pine, which was fairly active on Thursday, with buyers covering near-term needs and #2 2x6 in particular. Elsewhere, trading was slow to spotty. Many traders anticipated a solid start to 2014, but took note of a few key obstacles in the near term. One was a winter storm bearing down on the Midwest and Northeast that gave dealers and distributors reason to hold back.


  This Week
Jan 3
Last Week
Dec 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $390 $387 $389
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 458 458 477
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 370 365 340
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 431 423 443
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 385 385 400
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 830 830 500
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

The holidays interrupted structural panel trading. A winter storm chilled OSB demand across the northern tier of the U.S. and throughout Canada. Buyers resisted higher mill quotes in the South. A few Southern Pine plywood mills had loads available to ship next week, but most were booked into the week of January 13. Field inventories were light. Western Fir plywood sales were sporadic. Producers held prices, attributing quietness to the absence of traders rather than a fundamental slowdown in business. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jan 3
Last Week
Dec 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $370 $369 $477
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 372-410 372-410 420-440
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-416 380-416 440-455
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 390 390 470
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 233 228 390
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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