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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

April  27, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 16  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trends in framing lumber mostly pointed downward through the week. However, prices in most species found a firmer footing by midday Thursday. Increased action in the cash market was attributed in part to a limit-up move in futures on Wednesday. The jump in futures was driven by reports of increased offshore sales and speculation about production curtailments. One major exception to the firmer tone was Southern Pine; prices in this species slumped amid a slow pace. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $5, to $327 . 


  This Week
Apr 24
Last Week
Apr 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $327 $332 $365
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 249 249 337
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 350 361 435
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 290 290 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 397 408 381
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 300 305 392
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 670 670 740
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Price declines outweighed gains in structural panel markets. The tone of the OSB market showed modest firming in the second half of the week after one producer announced that it was taking steps to balance supply with demand. A moderate midweek flurry helped Southern Pine plywood producers alleviate prompt sheathing offerings. This was especially evident on the westside. Western Fir sheathing prices posted double-digit drops, as buyers in the eastern half of the U.S. generally remained absent from the market. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 24
Last Week
Apr 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $360 $364 $365
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 418-460 423-470 385-423
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 420-465 425-475 385-423
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 392 418 405
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 175 175 218
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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