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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

MAY  12, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 19  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Prices of framing lumber gained modestly through the week, as mostly steady demand prevailed across the U.S. Buyers in Canada shook off lingering wintertime lethargy and stepped into the market to cover spring needs. Producers mostly raised quotes in small increments, content to pad order files and work down excesses stemming from winter-related railcar shortages. Gains in most species helped lift the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price for a third straight week, to $376.


  This Week
May 9
Last Week
May 2
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $376 $370 $383
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 346 342 338
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 436 433 445
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 330 327 337
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 389 385 410
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 402 397 375
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 750 745 615
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading lost momentum. Mill sales of OSB slowed, especially in the second half of the week, but prices continued to edge higher in all producing zones. Most of the activity filtered to secondaries. Southern Pine plywood sales cooled as extended mill order files and higher prices gave some buyers pause. A few said the market had entered a digestion phase. The pace of sheathing sales slowed at western Fir plywood mills, as secondaries offered panels modestly below producers¨ quotes. Prices flattened. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 9
Last Week
May 2
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $386 $378 $462
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 412-440 400-435 445-490
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 412-445 400-440 445-495
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 449 442 418
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 235 230 357
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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