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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

March  17, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 11  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales of framing lumber were uneven, and price trends were mixed. Weather and transportation remained focal points for many traders. Another storm hit the Midwest, Northeast, and Eastern Canada, blunting hopes for a seasonal pickup. Where drier and warmer temperatures prevailed, reports were mixed regarding a corresponding increase in sales; while some traders were encouraged, others were disappointed. Modest gains in Western S-P-F were narrowly offset by weakness in green Fir. 


  This Week
Mar 14
Last Week
Mar 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $387 $388 $432
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 368 363 408
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 451 445 498
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 375 390 385
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 417 419 468
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 405 405 435
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 735 745 615
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices were mixed. The toll of winter weather on demand was reflected in weakening prices for OSB, especially from Canadian producers. Those with loads available for quick shipment often took a more aggressive approach to sales. Southern Pine plywood prices were flat to up slightly in uneven trading. Thursday was a big day of sales for some traders. Western Fir plywood sales remained lethargic as more snow across the nation¨s northern tier had buyers pondering their next move from the sidelines. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 14
Last Week
Mar 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $366 $367 $511
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 377-417 375-410 460-485
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-417 382-414 478-505
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 388 390 447
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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