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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

September  08, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 36  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

September started out much as August ended, with cautious but steady trading and mixed price trends in framing lumber markets. Dealers stuck to fill-in purchases and were finicky about tallies. Their priority on prompt-shipping loads made distribution yards among the market¨s busiest participants, forcing them to regularly replace what they sold. Most producers worked from order files of one to two weeks. Those who came up with prompt loadings often took discounts to push them into reluctant buyers¨ hands.


  This Week
Sep 5
Last Week
Aug 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $408 $409 $354
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 368 368 335
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 459 459 428
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 340 347 302
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 499 499 371
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 380 380 353
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 680 680 690
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading was moderate to sluggish. Sales of OSB were muted in most areas following the holiday weekend, although some deals were put together late in the week. Availability was tightest in the North Central region. Southern Pine plywood producers reported better sales than in the previous two weeks after opening to mild counters. Buyers probed for deeper concessions from their suppliers, but these were usually turned away. Western Fir plywood trading was uneven, but the market had decent liquidity as mills opened to counters on most offerings.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 5
Last Week
Aug 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $404 $407 $372
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 445-500 455-505 380-402
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 465-510 472-517 375-412
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 477 488 385
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 222 222 243
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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