Market Recap: RISI Crow's Construction Materials Cost Index

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A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Jan. 4, 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.

Lumber: SPF trading was sluggish. Buyers instead tracked orders and shipments, needing deliveries. The reasons given by traders for the slower sales activity were numerous, but most centered on futures at a discount to the cash market. Southern Pine lumber prices continue