A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Oct. 18, 2013
*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction.
Crow's Market Recap -- A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow's Weekly Market Report.
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Lumber: SPF market activity picked up Thursday, prompting producers to firm prices and even raise them in some instances. Week-long gains in the November futures contract, particularly the strong opening to Thursday’s board, brought buyers into the market. The Southern Pine lumber market was sloppier, as mills did what was needed to keep growing floor stocks moving. Wholesalers countered aggressively, took advantage of some of the deeper discounts and shorted the market. Buyers often looked for an opportunity to buy Coastal species lumber items at lower prices but found producers unwilling to cooperate in most instances. Buyers continued to want quick shipping volumes to cover immediate needs. The Inland species lumber market on Monday was described by some as dead. As the week progressed, market activity improved. Most of the activity was centered on Fir-Larch dimension. Activity for