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May 13, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 19  2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
With one major exception, trading in framing lumber species was steady to active. Western and Eastern S-P-F set the pace with double-digit gains in the narrows of random dimension and studs. In the West, green Douglas Fir caught a wave of demand, while sales of dry framing picked up and posted at least modest gains. The major exception was Southern Pine; prices were vulnerable. Despite losses in this species, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $6, to $359.


  This Week
May 13
Last Week
May 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $359 $353 $315
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 319 301 252
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 410 395 345
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 345 335 290
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 424 429 365
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 377 375 300
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 700 700 670
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices gained, largely on momentum from the previous week. The urgency that gripped the OSB market last week faded, but prices continued to climb. In the South, depleted inventories throughout the supply chain required steady replenishment. Southern Pine plywood sales were slow but steady, and prices maintained an upward tilt. Retailers purchased only to cover near-term requirements. In western Fir plywood markets, modestly higher mill quotes to start the week reflected momentum carried over from the preceding week’s action in sheathing. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 13
Last Week
May 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $376 $370 $357
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 367-383 363-380 405-455
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 372-387 365-383 405-460
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 367 365 389
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 275 268 190
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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