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February  24, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 08  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading of framing lumber was hit and miss, and prices were flat to narrowly mixed. The Montreal Wood Convention drew traders away from their offices for the week, while buyers in the Upper Midwest and East were still dealing with snow-filled yards, and not interested in taking on additional inventories. However, moderating weather across the South drew in some buyers. All told, modest weakness prevailed, with the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price falling for a fourth straight week.


  This Week
Feb 21
Last Week
Feb 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $387 $389 $415
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 366 362 390
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 455 455 486
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 390 380 375
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 422 431 468
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 398 395 425
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 765 775 570
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales gained momentum. Winter weather remained in control of OSB markets. Those in the northern half of the continent still struggled with snow and cold, but demand surged in the South and in Southern California. Southern Pine plywood sales were steady enough for several westside mills to push order files into the week of March 10. Last week¨s firming trend carried over in western Fir plywood markets. A measured start to trading turned more active in the middle of the week.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Feb 21
Last Week
Feb 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $363 $358 $513
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-405 365-399 444-470
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-407 367-400 470-485
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 383 370 465
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 215 215 430
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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

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