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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

MAY  26, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 21  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Market fatigue was evident in most framing lumber species, and many traders welcomed the respite of the coming U.S. holiday weekend. Producers with thinning order files succumbed to month-end discounts, although the cuts were usually modest. Green Douglas Fir remained particularly weak, and prices of most widths of #2&Btr dimension drifted lower. Discounts also cropped up in the narrows of dry Fir random dimension, and in 9-foot studs. In Southern Pine, #2 2x6 weakened amid strength in the wide widths. 


  This Week
May 23
Last Week
May 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $382 $380 $361
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 347 347 320
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 440 440 426
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 320 327 322
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 401 393 378
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 405 405 350
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 750 750 605
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading lacked energy. OSB mill sales sputtered ahead of the holiday in the U.S., and a number of traders got a head start on the weekend. Traders who were in their offices on Friday spent much of their time working on transportation issues. Southern Pine plywood sales were slow in advance of the holiday weekend. Much of the week¨s phone activity consisted of customers tracking shipments. Western Fir plywood trading was quiet, with buyers entrenched on the sidelines and mills inclined to hold their quotes. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 23
Last Week
May 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $388 $389 $452
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 415-445 415-445 430-470
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 415-452 415-452 435-475
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 445 449 400
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 235 235 355
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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