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March 11, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 10  2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Amid some mixed sentiment, framing lumber prices increased. Weather clouded the views of traders in some markets. But with warm temperatures across the East and a sense that the remainder of winter held little threat going forward, buyers stepped up purchases. Trading was especially active early on, as momentum from the previous week’s surge carried over through Tuesday. Activity eased at the mill level, as producers extended order files and raised prices — in some cases sharply. 


  This Week
Mar 11
Last Week
Mar 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $322 $316 $341
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 290 276 295
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 366 364 398
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 322 322 305
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 373 367 400
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 325 315 317
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 675 665
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Plywood fared better than OSB in structural panel trading. Small price cracks emerged in many OSB markets, as a few producers developed prompt loadings. Most pushed order files into the week of March 21 or later by Friday. After a lackluster start, Southern Pine plywood trading picked up toward the end of the week. By Friday morning, several mills had moved order files into the week of March 28 and nudged quotes upward. Western Fir plywood sales picked up as the week progressed among all but a couple of producers. Prices posed modest gains. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 11
Last Week
Mar 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $349 $348 $375
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-397 368-395 437-495
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 373-400 370-398 440-505
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 332 325 402
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 225 227 188
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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