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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

August 24, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 33  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Prices of framing lumber were mostly soft, as steady consumption in the U.S. was outweighed by supplies. Traders surmised that the U.S. was the target for a larger share of both Canadian and U.S. production. While liquidity was decent, the market was unable to readily absorb the supplies. European imports were also a factor in East Coast markets. Faltering prices resulted in the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price shedding $7, to $319, its seventh consecutive weekly decline. 


  This Week
Aug 21
Last Week
Aug 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $319 $326 $405
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 268 276 367
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 375 377 455
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 320 330 350
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 325 333 492
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 315 317 380
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 680
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel sales accelerated as the week progressed. Price increases in OSB weren’t as robust as those seen in plywood markets, but steady upward movement was apparent. Southern Pine plywood sales kicked into high gear Wednesday and Thursday. News of Fir plywood production disruptions in the West pulled Southern Pine buyers into the market with more urgency. Western Fir plywood sales surged late Wednesday and carried through Thursday; prices tracked upward. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 21
Last Week
Aug 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $354 $346 $409
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 378-415 363-405 465-510
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 383-417 368-410 477-522
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 409 389 510
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 205 200 220
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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