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This report contains brief excerpts from our full 12-page newsletter, which includes prices of more than 1,600 lumber and panel items, plus detailed summaries of market activity. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.
Sales of framing lumber tapered off in all species, with most traders citing wintry weather and shipping problems. Shipping out of Western Canada, already beset with railcar shortages, took another hit as truckers implemented a work stoppage at the Vancouver port. Icy conditions slowed shipments in parts of the South, leaving trends mixed. With a few key prices slipping, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite edged down.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$388||$389||$423|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||363||362||400|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||445||455||490|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||390||395||380|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||419||422||466|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||405||402||427|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||745||755||605|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel trading faded, and winter weather drew much of the blame. Sales of OSB remained lackluster as wintry weather kept demand under wraps. Prices were narrowly mixed, with small increases posted in southern markets. Southern Pine plywood sales cooled in comparison with previous weeks, but prices stayed on a firm footing. Traders reported more difficulty procuring both trucks and railcars. Activity in western Fir plywood markets was muted, with most job sites still covered in snow or slowed by cold.
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$367||$365||$509|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||375-410||375-410||447-478|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||382-414||380-410||470-495|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||390||390||435|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||215||215||430|
|*Weighted average of 11 key items|
Below are headlines of recent articles in the "Through A Knothole" section of our full 12-page newsletter, featuring articles of interest to the industry, including production/price trends, market analysis, trade issues, timber supplies, and much more. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.
This Week in the "Through a Knothole" Section of Random Lengths
- Douglas Fir 2x4 9-foot studs have been a steady upward path since last summer, save for a brief dip in February. Traders report a fundamental change in the markets for 8-foot and 9-foot trims, with the latter now dominating in residential framing.
- The Western Wood Products Association is largely on board with most other forecasts for 2014 that call for solid gains in demand for lumber and housing starts in excess of 1 million units.
- Lumber supplies to the U.S. remained on a growth path for a fourth straight year in 2013, rising nearly 7% above the previous year.
- While a severe winter has put demand in the deep freeze, U.S. wood products retailers continue to show optimism for 2014.