U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 13, 2016

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The first quarter came to a close with framing lumber prices still pointing upward. Early week strength in futures buoyed mill positions and trader confidence. Mill order files in various species extended into mid-April and beyond. By most accounts, demand was steady to brisk, and many buyers circulated back to their suppliers for coverage. Supply constraints related to production, weather, spring breakup, or species mix also played a role in strengthening prices.

 

This Week
Apr 1

Last Week
Mar 25

Year Ago
2015

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*

$345

$340

$336

KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price

309

303

282

KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes

388

378

381

Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)

337

332

300

Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L

393

387

399

KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L

370

352

310

Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L

680

675

670

* Weighted average of 15 key items

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

OSB led the way in structural panel trading. OSB sales accelerated and shifted to a higher gear in the second half of the week. Mills extended order files and steadily pushed quotes higher. While most Southern Pine plywood prices finished flat, the tone of the market was cautiously optimistic. On rated sheathing, mills quoted shipments for the week of April 11. Although the pace in western Fir plywood tapered off from last week’s brisk activity, decent follow-through generated steady upward pressure on prices.

(f.o.b. mill prices)

This Week
Apr 1

Last Week
Mar 25

Year Ago
2015

Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*

$358

$354

$374

Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood

373-397

373-397

442-500

Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood

375-400

375-400

447-508

Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood

365

358

425

North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board

235

225

180

*Weighted average of 11 key items

 

 

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