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July 13, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 27  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Price trends were mixed in framing lumber markets. West Coast species held firm or gained modestly, while Southern Pine softened across all three producing zones. Shortened order files forced some producers to open to counters in Eastern and Western S-P-F, although they took a firmer stance after a mild pickup in sales Thursday. A $1 drop in the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price affirmed lower taxes in August for Canadian producers shipping to the U.S.

  This Week
Jul 10
Last Week
Jul 2
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $348 $349 $379
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 302 300 352
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 388 390 441
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 347 347 336
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 342 350 404
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 338 335 365
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 670 670 715
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices were mostly flat to down during a dull week of sales. Demand for OSB failed to keep up with production in most regions, and prices drifted lower. Further weakening of the Canadian dollar enticed producers there to sell into U.S. markets. The overall tone of the Southern Pine plywood market was bearish. Prices finished flat to down, with larger-than-usual spreads evident between truck and railcar pricing. Sales picked up in Western Fir plywood, and reported prices were mostly flat.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

This Week
Jun 26

Last Week
Jun 19

Year Ago

Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*




Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood




Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood




Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood




North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board




*Weighted average of 11 key items






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

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