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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

JULY  07, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 27  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales of framing lumber sputtered as the week progressed. However, many traders said activity was better than they had anticipated for a week bracketed by U.S. and Canadian holidays. Many producers in the West and Canada worked from order files of two weeks or more. Mills raised quotes on the strongest items, but sales at the higher levels were hit and miss. Prices in the South remained vulnerable, with shipping problems, hot weather, and rain taking a toll on consumption.


This Week
Jul 3
Last Week
Jun 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $377 $377 $327
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 346 346 295
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 438 435 375
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 333 328 286
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 401 403 338
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 365 365 318
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 725 735 600
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Most structural panel traders described the week as better than anticipated, considering it was interrupted by holidays in Canada and the U.S. Plywood prices continued to edge higher, while OSB held near last week¨s levels. Order files at most structural panel plants were into mid- to late July. Most plywood buyers were upbeat about the market, and said loads were flowing smoothly through the distribution pipeline. OSB buyers usually took on a more cautious attitude, and covered only immediate needs.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jul 3
Last Week
Jun 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $379 $377 $367
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 423-450 420-440 350-365
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 425-460 422-452 355-375
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 435 430 350
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 213 213 240
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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