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August 31, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 34  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Framing lumber producers struggled to keep sales on pace with production. The early week meltdown in global financial markets took a toll, although the shock had worn off by late in the week after the U.S. stock market rallied. Wood products traders widely surmised that declining sales to offshore markets left too much production for the North American markets to absorb. The imbalance left prices in several species in full retreat. The Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $10, to $309.


  This Week
Aug 28
Last Week
Aug 21
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $309 $319 $409
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 249 268 368
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 366 375 459
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 310 320 347
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 312 325 499
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 311 315 380
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 680
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices maintained an upward trajectory. The steady upward climb in OSB prices remained intact, even if activity was less than robust. Lumber and financial markets were a drag on traders’ attitudes, but healthy order files allowed producers to nudge prices higher. Last week’s brisk trading gave way to a more moderate pace in Southern Pine plywood. But sheathing prices continued to gain. Western Fir plywood sales also failed to match last week’s pace, but prices were on solid footing and crept up on momentum from the recent activity. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 28
Last Week
Aug 21
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $360 $354 $407
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-415 378-415 455-505
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 395-420 383-417 472-517
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 415 409 488
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 210 205 222
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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

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