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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

March  10, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 10  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales of framing lumber tapered off in all species, with most traders citing wintry weather and shipping problems. Shipping out of Western Canada, already beset with railcar shortages, took another hit as truckers implemented a work stoppage at the Vancouver port. Icy conditions slowed shipments in parts of the South, leaving trends mixed. With a few key prices slipping, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite edged down.


  This Week
Mar 7
Last Week
Feb 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $388 $389 $423
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 363 362 400
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 445 455 490
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 390 395 380
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 419 422 466
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 405 402 427
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 745 755 605
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading faded, and winter weather drew much of the blame. Sales of OSB remained lackluster as wintry weather kept demand under wraps. Prices were narrowly mixed, with small increases posted in southern markets. Southern Pine plywood sales cooled in comparison with previous weeks, but prices stayed on a firm footing. Traders reported more difficulty procuring both trucks and railcars. Activity in western Fir plywood markets was muted, with most job sites still covered in snow or slowed by cold.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 7
Last Week
Feb 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $367 $365 $509
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-410 375-410 447-478
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 382-414 380-410 470-495
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 390 390 435
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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