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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 October 5, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 39  2015
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Many framing lumber prices found firmer footing by late in the week amid a mix of activity levels. Southern Pine led the way in sales and price appreciation, despite heavy rains during the week and customers on the East Coast bracing for a hurricane to make landfall. The scheduled expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement continued to weigh on many traders’ approach to the market. Gains in Southern Pine offset losses in other species, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price edged up.

  This Week
Oct 2
Last Week
Sep 25
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $299 $297 $381
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 240 242 348
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 343 343 442
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 295 300 320
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 329 313 437
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 303 303 363
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 660 665 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items






Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel trading produced mixed results. The steady climb in OSB prices was unabated for the ninth straight week, and the OSB Composite reached its highest level since last November. Some Southern Pine plywood traders reported a better tone to the market, citing prices that represented good values and the impact of recent production cutbacks. Others remained bearish, noting ample production and heavy rain that slowed shipments. Western Fir plywood mills booked orders at a brisker pace compared to recent weeks.

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 2
Last Week
Sep 25
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $351 $352 $407
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-395 375-402 447-510
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-390 370-402 475-518
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 370 374 480
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 225 222 222
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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

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