October 1, 2008
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Structural panel markets weakened amid stagnant sales. A number of OSB producers had panels available for quick shipment, and they struggled to entice buyers into the market. As a result, prices weakened in most regions. Slow sales prompted Southern Pine plywood mills on the eastside to lower quotes early. When sales stayed sluggish, some mills opened to larger counters. Indifference permeated the western Fir plywood market. Political and economic news paralyzed many traders.


  This Week
Sep 26
Last Week
Sep 19

Year Ago

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $260 $268 $271
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
223 233 234
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
315 335 312
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
166 162 210
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
335 334 270
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
215 225 250
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
410 415 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items

* The index is a numerical representation of market activity, based on a ratio of western sawmill order files to inventories. In computing the index, the data are compared with similar data averaged over the past five years.

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