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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 October 19, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 41  2015
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales of framing lumber kicked into a higher gear on the heels of the previous week’s more upbeat tone. While many buyers remained cautious, they were also out of time in deferring purchases for jobs that needed coverage. Southern Pine continued to lead the way, with double-digit gains in 2x4 and 2x6 across the South. Active trading in Western S-P-F led to similar gains in the narrows. With some of the strongest weekly gains posted this year to date, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price jumped $11.
  This Week
Oct 16
Last Week
Oct 9
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $316 $305 $384
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 262 250 352
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 358 346 454
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 298 295 322
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 371 350 433
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 300 300 365
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 660 660 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items








Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices climbed amid active trading. OSB prices grinded higher, as reduced production left most secondaries with thin inventories. Steady consumption in most key markets kept buyers purchasing regularly. Prices of Southern Pine rated sheathing firmed in active trading. Lean field inventories and recent curtailments that tightened availability of some items were key drivers. Demand for western Fir plywood picked up through the week, but the busiest days varied among traders. Prices firmed or edged up.

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 16
Last Week
Oct 9
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $358 $353 $412
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-398 360-395 454-515
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 368-400 360-390 480-518
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 367 365 480
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 238 232 222
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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