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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

July 15, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 28  2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales of framing lumber were stronger than expected for many traders who came into the week wary of a post-Fourth of July lull. Buyers in all regions steadily covered needs, including the South where heat and humidity failed to stifle demand for replacement purchases. An annual industry get-together in Idaho pulled a number of traders out of their offices late in the week. All told, upticks in key prices pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price up $3 for the week to $352.


  This Week
Jul 15
Last Week
Jul 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $352 $349 $348
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 324 320 302
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 423 420 388
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 353 353 347
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 389 383 342
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 357 357 338
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 705 705 670
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices posted gains amid mixed trends in trading. OSB prices increased across the board, but the gains varied by region. While activity was strong across all producing regions, price jumps were sharpest in Western Canada. Southern Pine plywood sales slowed in comparison with previous weeks, as the market worked through purchases made earlier. Western Fir plywood trading was steady throughout the week. Prices continued to rise, although not as sharply in sheathing as was seen in recent weeks.

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jul 15
Last Week
Jul 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $391 $383 $357
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 378-407 375-397 385-420
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 382-417 380-410 385-420
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 417 412 390
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 298 285 203
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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