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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: December 12, 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.
Overall price trends in framing lumber were narrowly mixed, but gainers easily outnumbered losers amid a mostly measured sales pace. Producers generally were busy enough to push order files further toward or into the holiday period, in which curtailments and downtime were planned by various producers. A modestly quicker sales pace Thursday helped the market finish on a firmer note. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price gained $6, after edging up the previous two weeks.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$372||$366||$379|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||339||332||355|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||429||425||450|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||317||315||325|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||431||416||416|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||342||342||375|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||670||675||835|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel markets sprang to life. Sales of OSB gained steam as the week progressed, and fewer mills had loads available for shipment in December by Friday. With prices at multiyear lows in some regions, buyers were more willing to step off the sidelines. More Southern Pine plywood mills pushed their order files into year-end shutdowns, allowing them to take a firmer stance on pricing. Western Fir plywood sales picked up Wednesday and Thursday, as buyers reacted to additional mills building order files into late December or early January.
(f.o.b. mill prices)
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$389||$390||$363|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||443-480||445-480||365-405|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||445-482||447-482||372-410|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||415||415||380|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||202||204||225|
|*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
- North American softwood lumber exports to China have slowed in the second half, leaving year-to-date shipments through October trailing the record-breaking pace of 2013 by 2%. However, by species, Southern Pine shipments showed a noticeable increase.
- Rising imports and domestic production lifted softwood lumber supplies in the U.S. market to 31.7 billion board feet through the third quarter, a 6.5% gain over the like period of 2013.
- Canadian exporters extended their no-tax run on shipments to the U.S. through January, but the market-driven trigger point has recently come into closer view.
- U.S. wood products retailers significantly scaled back their three-month sales expectations in the latest Random Lengths monthly survey of dealer sentiment.