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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

May 06, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 18  2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Price trends in framing lumber were mixed, but the tone of the market was more upbeat in the second half of the week. The pace slowed in Southern Pine, as a waiting game developed between buyers and sellers. In contrast, prices advanced in Canadian S-P-F, although the bulk of those gains came early on momentum from the previous week’s action. In the West, green Douglas Fir was cited as the most active species; customers in California stepped up purchases, while the Pacific Northwest truck market was steady. 


  This Week
May 6
Last Week
Apr 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $353 $350 $321
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 301 298 252
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 395 385 348
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 335 327 290
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 429 427 383
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 375 380 300
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 700 695 670
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel trading kicked into high gear, and prices moved higher. Sales in Western Canada were already at the leading edge in OSB because of extended mill order files. But activity reached a frenzied pace late in the week following a fire in a mill’s log deck. Action in Southern Pine plywood lagged the frenetic pace of OSB, but prices nevertheless posted solid gains for the week. Brisk demand for most western Fir sheathing panels pushed prices higher. Most mills boasted order files in the week of May 23. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 6
Last Week
Apr 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $370 $358 $358
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 363-380 355-375 414-460
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-383 358-377 414-465
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365 343 387
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 268 250 182
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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