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April  14, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 14  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Prices of framing lumber ended the week on firmer footing, but buyers continued to approach the market with caution. A move up in futures on Wednesday was attributed in part to reports of a large block of Western S-P-F sold to China. This drew in wholesaler short covering, and other buyers stepped in as producers lifted quotes off their lows for the week. Key prices, however, failed to recover all of their lost ground, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price posted its 10th decline in 11 weeks. 


  This Week
Apr 11
Last Week
Apr 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $362 $370 $449
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 336 344 392
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 440 445 490
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 327 335 383
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 373 387 480
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 388 390 440
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 730 725 630
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets gained momentum. The tone of trading in OSB improved by the end of the week on the heels of a pickup in sales of framing lumber and plywood. However, prices finished flat to lower. Southern Pine plywood demand heated up Wednesday, and sales were steady through Friday morning. Home centers, contractor yards, and distribution centers were the most active participants. Activity in western Fir plywood picked up Wednesday and Thursday, and the week ended with an upbeat tone. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 11
Last Week
Apr 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $354 $355 $519
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 368-400 368-395 505-530
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 368-400 368-395 510-540
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 382 372 480
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 205 208 420
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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