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August 17, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 32  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Buyers in all framing lumber markets steered clear of purchasing anything beyond what they had to have. While acknowledging that consumption in the field was decent, they cited a variety of reasons for caution. Among them: China’s currency devaluation and resulting weakness in global financial markets; ample availability of most key commodity items; and lackluster demand in offshore markets coupled with increasing volumes being imported.



  This Week
Aug 14
Last Week
Aug 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $326 $329 $398
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 276 278 363
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 377 375 450
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 330 337 350
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 333 333 478
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 317 320 375
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 685
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel markets strengthened. OSB sales weren’t as robust as the previous week, but prices still posted their biggest gains of the year in most regions. Order files at most plants extended into late August or early September. The tone of the Southern Pine plywood market improved, with steady purchases by buyers at all levels of the distribution system. In western Fir plywood markets, follow-through in the wake of last week’s run was muted. Mill order files extended deeper into the week of August 24 in most cases.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 14
Last Week
Aug 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $346 $341 $410
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 363-405 363-405 477-515
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 368-410 363-410 480-525
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 389 380 521
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 200 187 215
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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