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August  25, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 34  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

A mostly upbeat tone prevailed in framing lumber trading, and strength in sales and prices caught some traders off guard. Cautious, but steady and frequent replenishment kept enough orders filtering back to the mills. Producers maintained or extended order files into the first two weeks of September, with some shipments reaching mid-September by Thursday. Gains for the week pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price over the $400 threshold for the first time since late January.


  This Week
Aug 22
Last Week
Aug 15
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $405 $398 $352
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 367 363 328
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 455 450 422
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 350 350 310
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 492 478 366
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 380 375 350
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 680 685 670
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets lacked urgency. Prices, trends were narrowly mixed in OSB, with slight adjustments in both directions. Some traders hoped that the July housing report released early in the week would spark sales, but the overall reaction was muted. Southern Pine plywood traders¨ moves were guarded, and sheathing purchases conservative, as buyers and sellers anticipated the market¨s next move. Western Fir plywood prices were flat or down modestly in an uneventful week of sales.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 22
Last Week
Aug 15
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $409 $410 $379
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 465-510 477-515 390-410
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 477-522 480-525 390-420
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 510 521 405
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 220 215 247
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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