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 September 21, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 37  2015

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Carryover from last week’s faster finish was modest, leaving framing lumber price trends flat to narrowly mixed. Gains were usually modest and came earlier in the week, while soft spots lingered or developed amid a particularly measured pace Wednesday and Thursday. Several factors continued to weigh on traders’ outlooks. Chief among them was the scheduled October 12 expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. Other factors included softening offshore export markets and currency exchange rates.


  This Week
Sep 18
Last Week
Sep 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $297 $294 $394
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 251 245 351
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 343 345 436
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 300 294 320
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 300 292 475
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 305 305 370
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 665 665 680
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel price declines outpaced gains amid dull sales. OSB producers held firm to quotes or nudged them slightly higher. Recent production cutbacks pushed a number of mills’ order files into October. Southern Pine plywood sales sputtered, and prices gave ground. Producers looking for offers stepped up outbound calls to customers, particularly on railcar volumes. Western Fir plywood sales remained lackluster in an uneventful week of trading. Prices softened as the week progressed. 

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 18
Last Week
Sep 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $357 $360 $402
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-410 390-415 438-490
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-410 392-420 458-505
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 393 410 478
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 217 216 222
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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