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 December 14, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 49  2015
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales were uneven across framing lumber species, but the pace picked up overall, and the market’s tone was more upbeat. Pending year-end mill shutdowns, mild weather across much of the continent, and the need to replenish inventories were all cited as key factors. Buyers’ concerns about taking in loads before year-end dissipated as the calendar advanced into December, and they more readily covered needs for the new year. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price ticked up $2.


  This Week
Dec 11
Last Week
Dec 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $314 $312 $372
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 269 256 339
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 362 357 429
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 290 292 317
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 401 399 431
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 305 312 342
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 660 660 670
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Softwood plywood outpaced OSB in structural panel trading. OSB prices finished the week lower in all regions, as producers worked to clear loads available for December shipment. Most dealers were in inventory reduction mode. Southern Pine plywood sales topped production at most mills, and prices were on a firm footing. Several western Fir plywood producers saw an uptick in activity, but prices continued to slip. The market took on a firmer tone in some quarters as the week progressed. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 11
Last Week
Dec 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $356 $360 $389
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-395 360-395 443-480
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 373-405 362-400 445-482
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 336 340 415
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 233 245 202
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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