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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: January 23, 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

January remained a bear in framing lumber markets. Prices continued to soften as measured demand and growing inventories prompted mills to take a more aggressive approach to sales. Most producers remained confident that their customers needed to buy, but were waiting for prices to find a bottom. A pickup in sales Wednesday had traders debating whether a bottom was at hand. With all key framing species giving ground, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $10, to $367. 

  This Week
Jan 23
Last Week
Jan 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $367 $377 $404
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 312 321 376
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 418 430 471
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 305 310 400
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 440 456 448
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 335 342 404
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 805
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were lackluster. Prices of OSB slowly eroded across all producing zones, as supplies outstripped demand. Large, block deals were a rarity, but several producers had loads available for quick shipment. Southern Pine plywood sales were so-so for most producers. A few reported a mild pickup, helped by price concessions. Demand for western Fir plywood remained feeble, although pockets of activity emerged in the latter half of the week. 

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jan 23
Last Week
Jan 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $379 $388 $360
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 430-460 443-470 360-395
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 430-460 445-475 360-395
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 395 410 365
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 197 202 222
*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

  • Shippers of wood products out of West Coast ports grew more frustrated amid gridlock caused by a labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers. Meanwhile, truckers threatened another strike at Port Metro Vancouver.
  • Two years after a European company announced plans to build two large sawmills in the South, one of those mills has started up, and the other is under construction.
  • U.S. housing starts end 2014 on a high note, with the seasonally adjusted annual rate of starts topping the 1-million-unit threshold for the first time since 2007.
Monday, January 26, 2015


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