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October  13, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 41  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Prices trends lacked consistency between geographic regions and product groups. However, buyers at all levels were uniform in their cautious approach to the market. Mild autumn weather across most of the country kept lumber moving through the distribution pipeline and out to job sites. Mills stuck to their quotes when they had order files to fall back on. Others, not wanting to miss an order, were negotiable. Price increases often signaled buyers to back away from additional purchases. 

This Week
Oct 10
Last Week
Oct 3
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $384 $381 $383
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 352 348 355
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 452 442 455
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 325 320 320
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 436 437 419
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 365 363 365
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 675 745
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were active. OSB traders stirred late in the week, showing more willingness to pad inventories after a couple major producers pulled off the market to evaluate conditions and raw material availability. The Southern Pine plywood market hummed along. Sales outpaced production by a slight margin, allowing mills to extend order files. Western Fir plywood mills booked another week of production, and prices finished flat. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 10
Last Week
Oct 3
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $409 $407 $387
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 450-515 447-510 390-415
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 478-518 475-518 395-420
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 480 480 416
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 222 222 264
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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