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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.
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
|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|
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
|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|
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).