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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: November 26, 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

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.

  This Week
Nov 26
Last Week
Nov 21
Year Ago
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


Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

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
Nov 26
Last Week
Nov 21
Year Ago
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




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

  • 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.
Thursday, November 27, 2014


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