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 September 14, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 36  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Framing lumber sales picked up following the holiday break, but ample mill offerings kept a lid on upside price pressure. Slack sales to China left more production available for the domestic market to absorb. A few more producers announced market-related downtime, but traders looked for more curtailments to balance supplies with demand. A firming trend developed in Std&Btr, #2&Btr, and studs after early week discounting. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price, however, slipped $4, to $294. 


  This Week
Sep 11
Last Week
Sep 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $294 $298 $404
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 245 240 362
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 345 352 450
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 294 297 330
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 292 297 495
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 305 306 375
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 680
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel trading was mundane in the holiday-shortened week. Modest production cutbacks supported firm to higher prices in OSB markets. Mill order files commonly reached the last two weeks of September. Some Southern Pine plywood purchasing took place as traders returned from the holiday, but the sales pace  was unremarkable. Buyers stepped in only when they had to, and then purchased small volumes. The western Fir plywood market got off to a slow start. Prices were flat to down.

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 11
Last Week
Sep 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $360 $361 $401
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-415 390-415 440-490
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 392-420 395-420 455-502
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 410 415 469
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 216 214 222
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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