U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 20, 2016

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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.

May 20
Week May 13 Year Ago 2015
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 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 20 Week May 13 Year Ago 2015
Random Lengths Framing Lumber 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      


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