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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

May 20, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 20  2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Price trends of the previous two weeks persisted, with Canadian S-P-F and western species strengthening and Southern Pine weakening. Sales overall tapered from the pace of recent weeks, and a larger degree of caution was noted by many traders in the week’s latter half. Nonetheless, most producers were fortified with solid order files — some extending to or even through mid-June. Any notion that producers outside the Southern Pine region were growing vulnerable was widely dismissed.


  This Week
May 20
Last Week
May 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $360 $359 $310
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 325 319 251
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 420 410 347
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 350 345 288
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 415 424 345
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 380 377 297
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 700 700 670
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel sales were a mixed bag. OSB mill sales slowed as buyers confronted extended order files and prices that represented three-year highs. Sales shifted to the secondary market, where distributors and reloads offered quicker shipments. Southern Pine plywood prices were in a holding pattern as mill output roughly balanced with sales. Demand at the retail level was heavy to mixed loads that could ship quickly. Trading in western Fir plywood was measured, but sales picked up later in the week.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 20
Last Week
May 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $378 $376 $354
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 367-383 367-383 390-440
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 372-387 372-387 390-440
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 368 367 389
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 280 275 195
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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