U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 22, 2016

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Traders came back from the long holiday weekend in the U.S. in a cautious mood. Weakness in futures Tuesday to start the short workweek, and more downside on Wednesday, contributed to the quiet tone in framing lumber. However, Southern Pine — running partly countercyclical to other species — showed more spark despite heavy rains in the key Texas market. With price trends narrowly mixed, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped $2, to $355.

  Jun 3 Week May 27 Year Ago 2015
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $355 $357 $315
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 322 $325 $265
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 420 $420 $364
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 355 $350 $300
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 395 $404 $334
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 375 $380 $305
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 705 $705 $670
* Weighted average of 15 key items      


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were lukewarm at best. Extended mill order files allowed OSB producers in most regions to hold to their quotes, as inquiries were light following the U.S. holiday. Sluggish sales and eroding order files forced several Southern Pine plywood producers to seek orders more aggressively. They did this Tuesday and Wednesday by opening to counters of up to $20 on rated sheathing. Sales of western Fir plywood held to a steady, mostly uneventful pace. 

 (f.o.b. mill prices) Week Jun 3 Week May 27 Year Ago 2015
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $376 $377 $367
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-378 362-382 $410-442
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-380 365-385 $415-442
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 370 368 $407
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 280 280 $203
* Weighted average of 11 key items      


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