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September  29, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 39  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

An early week flurry of sales buoyed order files, particularly among Canadian S-P-F mills. But a lack of follow-through and deepening weakness in some species left the framing lumber market trending sharply downward. Production overwhelmed demand in Southern Pine, and downward price pressure intensified as the week progressed. Trends at western mills were mixed, but losses outnumbered gains. All told, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell sharply for a second straight week. 


  This Week
Sep 26
Last Week
Sep 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $385 $394 $381
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 340 351 359
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 438 436 451
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 320 320 325
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 456 475 409
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 365 370 365
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 680 680 720
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices shifted in both directions. Prices of OSB edged lower in most producing regions, although a growing number of producers said they were drawing a line in the sand. Southern Pine plywood prices advanced as mills pushed order files into October. Distribution yards, wholesalers, and retailers were active participants. Western Fir plywood sales proceeded at a steady pace, and mills maintained solid order files. Producers held prices firm or nudged them up selectively. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 26
Last Week
Sep 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $405 $402 $381
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 445-505 438-490 387-410
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 470-515 458-505 393-415
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 480 478 416
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 222 222 250
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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