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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: October 31, 2014.

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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

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 Framing Lumber Composite Graph


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)

(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




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

  • With multifamily housing production recovering to pre-crisis levels, analysts are debating whether the sector is getting overbuilt.
  • Chinese imports of softwood lumber through September were on a record pace, with gains for the year being led by deliveries from Russia.
  • The Eastern S-P-F chip glut of 2013 has corrected, with some sources even calling supplies tight. But analysts say the region still faces chip market problems in the years ahead.
Friday, October 31, 2014


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