track record: notable B.C. companies by stock performance

GOOD RUN West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. WFT:TSX +27% (January-July) B.C.’s biggest forestry company rode a swell of good news for the province’s forest industry in the first half of 2013. B.C. lumber exports to the U.S. jumped 46 per cent compared to the first half of 2012; lumber exports to China were up 25 per cent, while log exports were up 37 per cent. Commodity prices for lumber, logs and pulp were volatile, but drifted upward.BAD RUN Teck Resources Ltd. TCK.B:TSX -35% (January-July) B.C.’s biggest mining company produces coal, copper and zinc, but sinking coal prices hit it especially hard in the first half of 2013. Teck realized an average price of $159 a tonne in the second quarter, compared to $203 for Q2 2012. Gross profit on coal sales fell from $719 million to $444 million. Teck announced it would delay reopening its Quintette coal mine in northern B.C. until conditions improve. •