February 5, 2008


Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
According to Random Lengths, the weekly report on the North American wood products markets, the down drift for wood construction prices continues unabated, with bearing attitudes reinforced with the December housing starts report and more troubling news in the financial markets.

A few more announcements of production curtailment and talk of more to come had a mild firming effect on some framing lumber items. That was the best news traders could cite amid an otherwise continued gloomy trading environment across the U.S. and Canada. Green Fir provided most of the highlights, as the narrows of Std/#2&Btr gained $10-15 and studs posted smaller gains. Recent curtailments weighted toward stud output halted downward pressure on a few other western stud prices or slowed their descent. The Random Lengths Composite Price fell from to $238 / 1,000 board feet, from $243 / 1,000 board feet – its lowest level since 1991.

  This Week
Feb 1
Last Week
Jan 25

Year Ago

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $238 $243 $282
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
190 198 240
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
280 285 327
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
162 152 265
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
304 306 258
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
182 185 245
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
520 530 735
* 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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Source: Random Lengths, January 2008, www.randomlengths.com

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