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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: April 24, 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

Trends in framing lumber mostly pointed downward through the week. However, prices in most species found a firmer footing by midday Thursday. Increased action in the cash market was attributed in part to a limit-up move in futures on Wednesday. The jump in futures was driven by reports of increased offshore sales and speculation about production curtailments. One major exception to the firmer tone was Southern Pine; prices in this species slumped amid a slow pace. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $5, to $327 

  This Week
Apr 24
Last Week
Apr 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $327 $332 $365
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 249 249 337
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 350 361 435
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 290 290 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 397 408 381
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 300 305 392
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 670 670 740
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Price declines outweighed gains in structural panel markets. The tone of the OSB market showed modest firming in the second half of the week after one producer announced that it was taking steps to balance supply with demand. A moderate midweek flurry helped Southern Pine plywood producers alleviate prompt sheathing offerings. This was especially evident on the westside. Western Fir sheathing prices posted double-digit drops, as buyers in the eastern half of the U.S. generally remained absent from the market. 

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 24
Last Week
Apr 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $360 $364 $365
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 418-460 423-470 385-423
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 420-465 425-475 385-423
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 392 418 405
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 175 175 218
*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

  • North America’s share of the lumber market in China fell significantly during the first quarter, figures from Chinese Customs show.
  • The trucking shortage nightmare that wood products traders lived early last year and through the summer hasn’t materialized so far this year. But traders warn that problems could recur in May and June.
  • Compensation Survey: Average earnings among wood products retail managers in 2014 were essentially flat compared with 2013.
  • North American structural panel output in the first quarter rose nearly 2% compared with the first three months of 2014, with production totaling 7.6 billion square feet (3/8-inch basis).
Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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