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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 December 21, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 50  2015
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
While the sales pace varied, a stronger pulse was observed by many framing lumber traders as the week progressed. Some mills had excesses to clean up and were open to small counters, but others pushed order files into January and took firmer approaches in quoting customers. Unseasonably mild weather in the East and Southeast kept wood flowing through the pipeline, and buyers were forced to replenish inventories they had anticipated would carry them through year-end. Gainers outnumbered losers and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price ticked up another $2. 


  This Week
Dec 18
Last Week
Dec 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $316 $314 $378
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 270 269 340
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 369 362 435
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 290 290 317
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 407 401 446
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 303 305 345
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 660 660 665
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel trading picked up momentum. Strong housing starts news, unseasonably warm weather, and thin inventories pulled OSB buyers into the market. Prices adjusted in both directions as producers offered loads still available for shipment in December. Southern Pine plywood prices tilted upward in steady trading, and traders were upbeat about near-term prospects. Action in western Fir plywood markets picked up markedly around Tuesday and built through Thursday, prompting mills to raise quotes throughout the week. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 18
Last Week
Dec 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $354 $356 $392
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 368-400 360-395 445-480
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 377-410 373-405 447-489
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 350 336 417
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 226 233 205
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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