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April  28, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 17  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Buyers of framing lumber steered clear of large positions, but a broader base of buyers stepped in to cover needs and many prices firmed or gained. The major exception was green Douglas Fir, as a sharp pullback in purchasing by buyers in California led to a softening trend in #2&Btr prices. Sales of Southern Pine gathered momentum as the week progressed, sales of dry species in the West exceeded mill output, and prices gained a firmer footing in Western and Eastern S-P-F.


  This Week
Apr 25
Last Week
Apr 18
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $365 $362 $414
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 337 334 355
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 435 435 463
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 332 335 345
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 381 370 445
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 392 388 400
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 740 735 625
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading was active. OSB traders reported the best activity in months, and prices in most regions posted increases of $5-15. Activity was strongest in western markets, and lagged in Eastern Canada. Southern Pine plywood sales stayed ahead of production, allowing mills to extend order files and raise quotes. Purchasing was broad-based, both geographically and among buyers. After a slow start, western Fir plywood sales picked up steadily. Wednesday and Thursday were among mills¨ busiest days in weeks.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 25
Last Week
Apr 18
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $365 $359 $490
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-423 378-410 495-530
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-423 378-417 500-540
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 405 387 450
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 218 210 375
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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