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April  06, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 13  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Softwood lumber traders were relieved to put March behind them, but sales in the first couple days of April were nothing to shout about. Dealers across the U.S. and Canada remained cautious. With wet ground stalling work at many job sites, the focus was on clearing inventory rather than forward purchases. Sputtering movement of loads through the distribution system put traders on edge, and some said the market was oversupplied. Some traders surmised that the holiday-shortened work week, the end of the month and the end of the quarter all contributed to the uneven sales pace.


  This Week
Apr 3
Last Week
Mar 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $337 $336 $370
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 279 282 344
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 381 381 445
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 300 300 335
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 402 399 387
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 310 310 390
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 670 670 725
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were lethargic, and prices slipped. Open-market sales remained unremarkable in OSB, especially late in the week with many traders out for Easter and Passover observances. Prices were in a flat-to-down mode. Trading in Southern Pine plywood was subdued, and prices of rated sheathing eroded. Urgency was lacking among buyers at all levels of the market. After a slow start, western Fir plywood sales picked up unevenly as the week progressed. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 3
Last Week
Mar 27
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $371 $374 $355
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 435-495 442-500 368-395
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 440-500 447-508 368-395
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 422 425 372
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 180 180 208
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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