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 September 7, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 35  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales were muddled as September got underway. Buyers approached the market cautiously, holding to the belief that the market was oversupplied. Traders listened for curtailments as some producers said prices at their mills were close to break-even levels. Vaagen Brothers’ stud mill in Washington temporarily shut down, and Interfor cut its production in the South by 20%; both producers cited market conditions in their announcements. Sales were heavy to specified loads that could ship quickly.

  This Week
Sep 4
Last Week
Aug 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $298 $309 $408
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 240 249 368
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 352 366 459
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 297 310 340
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 297 312 499
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 306 311 380
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 inched higher amid modest sales. Between extended mill order files and production issues at several plants, OSB offerings from producers were limited. Southern Pine plywood producers marked a quiet week of sales, but prices held to a firm footing. Order files were mostly into the weeks of September 14 or 21. Western Fir plywood sales were mixed, but generally proceeded at a subdued and steady pace. Orders were placed on both sides of Midweek’s published levels, and prices overall finished flat.

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 4
Last Week
Aug 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $361 $360 $404
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-415 390-415 445-500
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 395-420 395-420 465-510
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 415 415 477
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 214 210 222
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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

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