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March  16, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 10  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Prices of framing lumber continued to fall, as demand failed to match production. Warmer weather in many markets in the East and Midwest was encouraging, and generated more inquiries, but failed to translate into a notable increase in consumption. Rain was still an issue in some markets, including the Southeast. However, the general mood brightened in the South, where buyers saw values in some items and stepped in. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $6, to $335.


  This Week
Mar 13
Last Week
Mar 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $335 $341 $387
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 282 295 368
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 389 398 451
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 300 305 375
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 395 400 417
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 312 317 405
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 735
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales gained traction. OSB traders took an optimistic short-term look at the market. However, sales were booked at levels below last week¨s published levels, and some items finished the week at multiyear lows. Southern Pine plywood sales were steady at most mills, and prices held to a firm footing. Rain continued to soak the westside and central zones, raising the prospect of log shortages. In western Fir plywood, a surge of business that got underway at midweek picked up sharply Thursday. 



                           (f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 13
Last Week
Mar 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $374 $375 $366
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 439-495 437-495 377-417
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 442-505 440-505 385-417
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 419 402 388
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 183 188 215
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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