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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 January 08, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 1  2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Expectations of some traders for a swift start to the year topped reality, as a number of factors left buyers straddling the fence. China’s weakening economy was a catalyst for dives in global stocks, and raised questions about the underlying strength of U.S. financial markets. Oil prices touched a multiyear low, and concern about commodity prices, including lumber, were widely evident. Winter weather was another major factor, although traders selling into markets with more mild conditions were more upbeat. 


  This Week
Jan 8
Last Week
Dec 31
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $320 $320 $385
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 273 274 340
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 375 375 442
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 290 290 317
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 412 412 465
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 trading was moderate to begin the year. OSB sales were slow to steady, depending on the region, and prices held or edged higher. Most mills quoted shipments for the last two weeks of January. Rain and colder temperatures cooled Southern Pine plywood trading after Wednesday. In rated sheathing, mills finished the week quoting shipments for the week of January 18 or sooner. The year began on an uneventful note for western Fir plywood traders, as buyers primarily purchased fill-in loads.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jan 8
Last Week
Dec 31
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $360 $358 $394
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-405 373-405 447-484
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-412 380-412 452-492
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 359 360 420
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 235 230 205
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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