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March  02, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 8  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Harsh weather sidetracked traders across the eastern half of the U.S., and a ripple effect spread into other regions. Sales, shipments, and production all suffered as ice and snow reached into the Deep South. Other factors, including exchange rates and weakness in futures in the first half of the week, kept buyers on the sidelines. Reports that WesternS-P-F producers drew in sizable orders from Chinese buyers returning from their new-year holidays gave futures a boost Thursday, and spurred short covering.


  This Week
Feb 27
Last Week
Feb 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $348 $357 $389
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 300 313 362
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 400 418 455
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 307 317 395
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 410 420 422
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 322 330 402
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 755
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Severe winter weather wreaked havoc on structural panel markets in the East. Trading in the West, however, was no better. Weather-related slowdowns crimped OSB demand across much of North America, and prices were flat to slightly lower. Southern Pine plywood prices edged higher early, then flatted as bad weather across the South put the brakes on sales and shipping. Western Fir plywood sales were a grind, and it took discounts to lure buyers into action. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Feb 27
Last Week
Feb 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $378 $381 $365
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 440-495 440-490 375-410
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 445-505 445-500 380-410
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 406 413 390
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 192 195 215
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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