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August 05, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 31  2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Trading in framing lumber let up from the pace of the previous two weeks, but sales were sufficient for mills to hold to established levels or push quotes higher. Fear of prices tipping over the top kept buyers cautiously filling in, while avoiding inventory-building volumes. Meanwhile, demand in the field, with brisk sales at the retail level, fed a steady flow of inquiries back to secondaries and the mills. Gains in most key species pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price up another $4.  


  This Week
Aug 5
Last Week
Jul 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $367 $363 $332
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 329 329 278
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 431 431 375
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 353 353 340
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 419 410 330
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 350 350 325
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 705 705 665
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel sales were lackluster. Activity in OSB was mixed by region. The North Central region hit a digestion phase, while a couple of mills in the South sold at discounts to keep order files extended. Southern Pine plywood mills discounted offerings of rated sheathing early in the week to push order files out. Those discounts pulled in buyers who were looking for downside price protection. Trading in western Fir plywood was measured. Buyers found spot discounts on sheathing at some mills, but there were no panels with widespread weakness.

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 5
Last Week
Jul 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $395 $397 $341
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-390 372-400 370-412
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-390 370-405 370-412
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 420 421 379
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 310 310 184
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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