U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 19, 2016

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With one major exception, trading in US 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.

  Week May 13 Week 6 May Year Ago 2015
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) Week May 13 Week 6 May Year Ago 2015
Random Lengths Framing Lumber 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      


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