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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 December 28, 2015

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 51  2015
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Overall demand surprised many framing lumber traders, and prices were mostly on a firm to upward track. Unseasonably warm weather in the East was a key factor driving consumption. Demand from buyers needing to replenish depleted inventories worked back to the mills. They responded with modest increases in quotes, as order files pushed into early to mid-January. Many buyers scrambled for coverage of 9- and 10-foot studs. Year-end shutdowns and curtailments reduced producers’ urgency to sell.


  This Week
Dec 23
Last Week
Dec 18
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $319 $316 $382
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 274 270 340
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 373 369 440
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 290 290 317
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 410 407 457
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 303 303 345
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 660 660 665
* Weighted average of 15 key items





Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel sales forged modest gains despite sluggish trading. OSB mill sales slowed during the holiday week, as most traders expected. However, prices in most regions maintained a slight upward push. While Southern Pine plywood sales were light, the tone of the market remained upbeat. Another week of mild temperatures and low field inventories left many traders closing in on their busiest December in years. Activity was varied in western Fir plywood markets. Prices posted modest gains.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 23
Last Week
Dec 18
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $356 $354 $394
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 373-403 368-400 447-484
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-412 377-410 452-492
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 358 350 420
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 228 226 205
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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