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March  09, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 9  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Winter kept an icy grip on the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada, hampering production, shipments, and especially sales. Veteran traders with customers based in the East and South couldn¨t recall a winter as tough as this one, even with last winter¨s extensive troubles still fresh in their minds. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price hit a four-week average that was low enough to initiate a tax for April on lumber shipments from Canada to the U.S. for the first time since October 2013. 


  This Week
Mar 6
Last Week
Feb 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $341 $348 $388
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 295 300 363
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 398 400 445
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 305 307 390
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 400 410 419
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 317 322 405
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 745
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices were soft amid a tepid trading pace. A slow drift in OSB prices prevailed, with winter weather still drawing much of the blame. Winter storms kept some traders out of their offices intermittently through the week. Bad weather also kept a lid on Southern Pine plywood sales. While most prices were flat, spot discounts cropped up in rated sheathing. Western Fir plywood mills booked orders at a measured pace and generally maintained two- to three-week order files. Producers opened to mild counters.


                        (f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 6
Last Week
Feb 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $375 $378 $367
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 437-495 440-495 375-410
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 440-505 445-505 382-414
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 402 406 390
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 188 192 215
*Weighted average of 11 key items




(Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.)

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