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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

June 08, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 22  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Producers in all regions reported a stronger sales pace and firm to stronger prices. Several catalysts were cited, including drier weather in the South, strength in futures, the effects of recent curtailments and mill shutdowns, and buyers’ need to replenish inventories. Gains for the week pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price up $7 for the week. It was one of the strongest weekly gains in months, but it wasn’t enough for Canadian producers to avoid the most punitive taxes for the month of July, as stipulated by the Softwood Lumber Agreement.


  This Week
Jun 5
Last Week
May 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $322 $315 $375
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 279 265 314
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 373 364 421
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 310 300 300
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 336 334 412
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 310 305 388
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 fell well short of a runaway, but was active enough to support firm to higher prices. OSB trading was most active in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Retailers and distributors in the North Central region digested recent purchases. Southern Pine plywood sales were quiet but steady, and prices finished flat or up slightly. As of Friday morning, most mills quoted shipments for the week of June 15. Western Fir plywood traders navigated a mixed week that depended on their main markets. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jun 5
Last Week
May 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $370 $367 $371
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 415-442 410-442 405-425
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 420-442 415-442 405-433
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 412 407 409
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 205 203 215
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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