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October  27, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 43  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Buyers of framing lumber turned more bearish. Many put away their purchase order books or limited buying to essential items, sensing overall production was outstripping slower seasonal demand. Views of the market varied, however, and markets still enjoying decent weather continued to generate fair demand for at least cautious replenishment. Price trends were also mixed, but declines outpaced gains, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped $3, to $381.


  This Week
Oct 24
Last Week
Oct 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $381 $384 $381
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 343 352 366
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 441 454 464
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 315 322 322
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 433 433 414
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 360 365 372
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 675 770
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel demand eased modestly. OSB prices finished at midweek levels or slightly higher, but the pace of sales slowed in the second half of the week. Southern Pine plywood sales cooled in comparison with last week. Several mills still sold all that they produced, however, and the mood of traders remained upbeat. It was a mixed week of activity that saw some western Fir plywood traders book steady to brisk sales, while others said demand was off from the previous three weeks.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 24
Last Week
Oct 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $414 $412 $377
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 455-515 454-515 370-390
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 482-518 480-518 370-395
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 480 480 388
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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