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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

October  20, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 42  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber sales were muted as distractions ruled the week. Traders spent much of their time discussing the stock market, global economic concerns, the Ebola virus, and the first signs of seasonal poor weather in some regions. Many producers fell back on order files of varying length and rode through the anxiety their customers expressed about the economy and global events. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price was unchanged at $384. 


  This Week
Oct 17
Last Week
Oct 10
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $384 $384 $383
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 352 352 363
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 454 452 460
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 322 325 317
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 433 436 419
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 365 365 370
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 675 760
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets picked up steam. Low field inventories, speculation about production cutbacks, and steady activity prompted OSB buyers to increase purchases. While activity wasn¨t a runaway, it was noticeably stronger than in recent weeks. Strength in Southern Pine plywood was unabated. With order files well into November at most mills, prices edged upward. For western Fir plywood traders, the week was a carbon copy of the previous two weeks, with mills selling production and prices finishing flat. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 17
Last Week
Oct 10
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $412 $409 $381
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 454-515 450-515 380-400
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 480-518 478-518 385-410
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 480 480 402
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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