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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

June 01, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 21  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Despite the U.S. holiday, modest to steady follow-through from the previous week boosted many framing lumber prices. Traders asserted that demand was far from robust, but activity over the past two weeks had reduced supplies at the mills. Diversion of production to offshore markets and sawmill curtailments and closures also helped to stem a supply overhang that has dogged the market since the start of the year. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price edged up $


  This Week
May 29
Last Week
May 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $315 $312 $381
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 265 262 328
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 364 358 431
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 300 295 315
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 334 334 406
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 305 300 400
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 670 670 750
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading cooled, but prices forged moderate gains. Last week’s brisk OSB trading gave way to a more measured place. Nonetheless, sheathing prices advanced in modest increments. Unrelenting rain on the westside preoccupied many Southern Pine plywood traders. Producers in Texas and Louisiana bore the brunt of the weather. Some mills in those states shut down because they were out of logs. Overall sales of western Fir plywood were solid, although the pace varied among traders.

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 29
Last Week
May 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $367 $362 $382
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 410-442 405-440 412-440
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 415-442 405-440 412-445
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 407 394 423
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 203 200 230
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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