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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

September  01, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 35  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading of framing lumber slowed after Wednesday, as traders hit the exits or waited to take a fresh look at the market after the long holiday weekend. Many prices gained early, but upward momentum faded as the week progressed. Producers were supported by order files that often extended into mid-September, and many anticipated another push in demand from customers covering their fall needs. Some traders were less confident about the market¨s post-holiday staying power.


  This Week
Aug 29
Last Week
Aug 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $409 $405 $350
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 368 367 328
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 459 455 420
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 347 350 305
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 499 492 366
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 380 380 350
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 680 680 680
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading was cautious. As many traders anticipated, mill sales of OSB were quiet heading into the long holiday weekend. Prices in most regions were unchanged. Southern Pine plywood mills opened to steep counters to clear sheathing available for shipment the weeks of September 1 and 8. Producers, however, firmed quotes by late Wednesday after extending order files into mid-September. Western Fir plywood sales were measured, and prices were flat to down. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 29
Last Week
Aug 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $407 $409 $376
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 455-505 465-510 385-407
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 472-517 477-522 385-417
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 488 510 395
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 222 220 243
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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