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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

April  21, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 16  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber prices were narrowly mixed in uninspiring trading. Upward moves in prices resulted in large part from limited follow-through to the previous week¨s action. Most of that activity came ahead of a general slowdown on Thursday, as expectations for the latter half of the week were low given Easter observances and a number of offices scheduled to be closed on Good Friday. Modest gains in some species were offset by losses in others, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite held at $362. 


  This Week
Apr 18
Last Week
Apr 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $362 $362 $434
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 334 336 374
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 435 440 477
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 335 327 360
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 370 373 470
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 388 388 420
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 735 730 630
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trends were mixed. The tone of trading improved in OSB; mills reported selling anywhere from a little to a lot more volume than they had in the past few weeks. Southern Pine plywood sales moderated in the wake of last week¨s strong finish. Mills nevertheless sold enough to maintain solid two-week order files, and a few were booked into the week of May 5. Western Fir plywood traders reported uneven sales, and the overall pace lagged what they saw last week.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 18
Last Week
Apr 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $359 $354 $509
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 378-410 368-400 505-532
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 378-417 368-400 510-545
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 387 382 480
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 210 205 405
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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