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May 04, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 17  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Sales of framing lumber picked up overall, but downside pressure on prices intensified in a few regions, namely the Inland West and South. A few curtailments in Western Canada drew attention, and contributed to a mildly firmer tone in the S-P-F market. But the downward price trend was unabated and grew steeper in Southern Pine. Traders in many SYP markets said this was due in part to competitively priced Canadian S-P-F. All told, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $6, to $321.


  This Week
May 1
Last Week
Apr 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $321 $327 $370
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 252 249 342
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 348 350 433
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 290 290 327
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 383 397 385
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 300 300 397
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 670 670 745
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading was mixed, but the pace slowed overall. Sales of OSB hit a higher gear, but activity at the mill level didn¨t accelerate in all producing regions. The biggest gains of the week were reported in the North Central region. Southern Pine plywood sales were light, and most mills finished the week with loads of rated sheathing available for shipment next week. Western Fir plywood prices declined, although the cuts were less severe than they were the previous week. Activity varied by mill and among secondaries.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 1
Last Week
Apr 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $358 $360 $378
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 414-460 418-460 400-435
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 414-465 420-465 400-440
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 387 392 442
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 182 175 230
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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