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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: February 20, 2015.

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Random Lengths Lumber and Panel Market Report

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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.

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales were tough to come by, and the goal of many framing lumber traders was simply to make it through the week. Calls to traders in the eastern half of the U.S. were likely to turn into a discussion of the weather. Whether it was sub-zero temperatures in the northern tier of the continent, snow along the Eastern Seaboard, or record-breaking lows in parts of the South, lumber trading took a back seat. Weakness crept into key market segments, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite fell $5, to $357. 

  This Week
Feb 20
Last Week
Feb 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $357 $362 $387
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 313 319 366
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 418 423 455
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 317 317 390
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 420 428 422
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 330 332 398
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 765
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading lacked energy. Weather remained the focal point of the OSB market. Prices were flat in most regions amid a dichotomous weather pattern across North America. The Southern Pine plywood sales pace moderated in comparison with previous weeks, but price still carried some upward momentum. Weather shut the door on demand from the Mid-Atlantic north and across much of the Midwest. Quiet trading prevailed through the week at western Fir plywood mills, and prices were flat to off slightly. 

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Feb 20
Last Week
Feb 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $381 $382 $363
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 440-490 440-480 370-405
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 445-500 445-490 375-407
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 413 418 383
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 195 195 215
*Weighted average of 11 key items




Industry News In "Through A Knothole"

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

  • Comment: It’s high time the two sides in the West Coast port standoff hammer out an agreement and get cargo moving as it should.
  • Longer-length structural panels are growing in popularity, in step with the growing trend toward 9- and 10-foot studs.
  • U.S. housing starts edged down in January, driven by a sharp drop in the Midwest. Permits also slipped.
  • Publicly traded forest products companies mostly turned in solid financial results in 2014. OSB manufacturers were the major exception.
Thursday, February 26, 2015


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