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November  24, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 47  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Prices of framing lumber finished lower, but a pickup in sales late in the week put many prices on firming footing. Sales were particularly slow Monday and Tuesday. However, wholesaler short covering late Wednesday and Thursday and cautious replenishment among distributors and dealers gave trading a shot in the arm. Some prices bounced off their lows for the week, but the overall trend pointed downward. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped another $4, to $363.


  This Week
Nov 21
Last Week
Nov 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $363 $367 $399
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 330 334 382
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 425 428 476
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 305 300 340
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 408 416 433
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 337 340 390
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 675 835
* Weighted average of 15 key items





Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices continued to fall. Any hopes that traders harbored that a pickup in the framing lumber market would carry over into OSB were dashed. Activity in OSB was muted in most regions. Southern Pine plywood prices softened as mills sought to push order files deeper into December. Sales were described as decent, and only slightly lagging production. After a sluggish start, activity surged Thursday in western Fir plywood. Prices bounced off lows and most finished within $15 of last week¨s published levels. 

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Nov 21
Last Week
Nov 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $396 $404 $371
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 445-485 457-500 375-405
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 450-490 465-505 375-415
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 415 433 395
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 217 222 240
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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