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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

December  29, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 52  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

The framing lumber market was generally slow, but some sales offices reported they were busier than expected. This was partially attributable to being short-staffed, but some traders noted a steady flow of inquiries for quick fill-in loads or shipments to cover early January needs. Other traders took a measured pace in stride, noting many of their customers had covered near-term requirements over the previous two weeks. Most producers shrugged off the slow pace, as they were supported by order files extending as far as mid-January.


  This Week
Dec 24
Last Week
Dec 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $382 $378 $387
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 340 340 372
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 440 435 458
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 317 317 365
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 457 446 423
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 345 345 385
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 830
* Weighted average of 15 key items





Random Lengths Panel Market Report

The coming holidays slowed structural panel trading. OSB sales reports were mixed in the holiday week, with orders booked by producers in the South generally trumping their northern counterparts. Southern Pine plywood trading was subdued and many offices were short-staffed. Most orders were for fill-in truckloads. Western Fir plywood sales came in unevenly, but stronger than many traders expected for the shortened holiday week that had many offices short-staffed.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 24
Last Week
Dec 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $394 $392 $369
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 447-484 445-480 372-410
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 452-492 447-489 380-416
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 420 417 390
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 205 205 228
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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