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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: November 26, 2014.
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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.
A firmer tone in framing lumber trading late last week carried over into Monday. Sales had slipped back to a measured pace on Tuesday, with expectations for the remainder of the holiday week deteriorating by the hour. Prices were flat to narrowly mixed. While last week’s action helped mills rebuild thin order files, some producers remained open to counters, as they focused on pushing files further into December. Buyers reported ample supplies throughout the pipeline.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$364||$363||$397|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||334||330||380|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||425||425||472|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||313||305||338|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||407||408||432|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||340||337||390|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||675||675||835|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel sales were lackluster. OSB prices drifted lower in regions where producers still had loads available for shipment next week. Activity was muted across North America, with many traders in the U.S. calling it a week by midday Wednesday to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Southern Pine plywood market was quiet, and prices continued to erode. Many traders, however, remained upbeat about near-term sales prospects. Western Fir plywood sales were mixed after last week’s rapid-fire pace.
(f.o.b. mill prices)
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$395||$396||$369|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||445-485||445-485||375-405|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||450-487||450-490||375-415|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||415||415||387|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||215||217||240|
|*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
- Random Lengths was published in an 8-page format, excluding the regular “Through a Knothole” section. This is customary for Thanksgiving week. Our normal 12-page format and TAK will resume next week with the December 5 issue.