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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 November 23, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 46  2015
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Producers struggled to sell their output, and prices of framing lumber softened. Southern Pine led the way down with sharp double-digit price cuts in key #2 items. Prices tumbled in other species, as well. However, the sale of a large block and a mill closure announced Thursday gave the S-P-F market a jolt, as secondaries covered shorts and prices on the futures board jumped. Overall weakness through the week resulted in a $10 decline in the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price. 


  This Week
Nov 20
Last Week
Nov 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $316 $326 $363
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 253 260 330
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 357 367 425
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 300 307 305
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 405 415 408
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 320 323 337
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 660 660 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report
The pace of structural panel sales shifted in both directions. A seasonal slowdown heading into the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. stifled OSB sales in most regions. Some loads were available for shipment next week, and discounts cropped up for the first time since late July. The tone of the Southern Pine plywood market improved with a round of purchasing that pushed order files into the weeks of November 30 and December 7. Western Fir plywood sales picked up for several mills, but the action eluded some producers. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Nov 20
Last Week
Nov 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $367 $366 $396
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-395 360-395 445-485
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 367-398 360-395 450-490
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 346 349 415
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 257 257 217
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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