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August  18, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 33  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Traders had a mix of feelings about the framing lumber market, but sales overall were steady to active in the field, and the overall tone was bullish. Activity among producing regions was mixed, as well. While the buzz from the previous week died down in western species, upward momentum intensified in Southern Pine, with many traders noting that demand was unusually strong for mid-August. Eastern S-P-F also picked up. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price marched $6 higher, to $398.


  This Week
Aug 15
Last Week
Aug 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $398 $392 $354
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 363 359 328
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 450 446 417
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 350 347 312
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 478 462 368
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 375 370 350
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 685 685 655
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading drifted. Sales and price trends were a mixed bag in OSB. In general terms, the farther south the mill, the better the sales prospects. Sales of Southern Pine rated sheathing dragged, and some mills quietly opened to discounts to extend order files. A few producers had loads available to ship the week of August 25, but most were booked into early September. Western Fir plywood sales were mixed in an uneven week of trading.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 15
Last Week
Aug 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $410 $410 $386
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 477-515 482-520 395-420
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 480-525 482-530 403-430
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 521 524 415
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 215 210 252
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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