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November  03, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 44  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber trading was subdued as October drew to a close. Many buyers said they were limiting purchases and adhering to the adage ^to be lean by Halloween. ̄ Some were determined to avoid any late-year missteps that would undermine what has been a profitable year. With month-end discounting and producers opening to counters or trimming quotes to sell production, the general trend in prices tilted downward. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped for a second straight week.


  This Week
Oct 31
Last Week
Oct 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $377 $381 $389
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 340 343 381
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 438 441 474
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 312 315 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 428 433 414
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 352 360 380
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 675 790
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices showed mild shifts amid lackluster trading. Following modest upticks the past couple weeks, prices of OSB flattened at the end of October. Most buyers reported that they had covered their near-term needs and returned to the sidelines. Southern Pine plywood sales plodded along, and prices were flat or showed modest adjustments. Western Fir plywood mills quoted last week¨s published levels, but most opened to counters on sheathing to extend order files in the face of spotty sales.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 31
Last Week
Oct 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $414 $414 $369
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 461-515 455-515 360-385
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 482-518 482-518 360-385
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 473 480 377
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 222 222 255
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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