U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 24, 2016

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Mid-June sales were unremarkable, and traders struggled to discern the softwood lumber market’s near-term course. This led to conservative, just-in-time purchasing, with buyers taking care to avoid adding to their inventories. Quick shipments were a priority, fueling the notion that there was little inventory cushion in the distribution system. Mills, meanwhile, worked to push order file through the July 4 holiday. Buyers shopped hard to find the tallies they needed, often paying full price when they found them. 

  Week Jun 17 Week Jun 10 Year Ago 2015
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $349 $352 $332
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 320 320 $291
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 420 415 $384
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 350 353 $320
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 381 388 $344
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 370 372 $315
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 705 705 $670
* Weighted average of 15 key items      

 

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Plywood sales outpaced OSB amid a mixed structural panel market. Prices of OSB continued to slide as producers searched for levels that would entice buyers to purchase more than fill-in loads. Southern Pine plywood sales accelerated Wednesday, spurred by reports of mill downtime to be taken the week of July 4. A perception of little to no downside risk was another incentive for buyers. Some western Fir producers noted the week was the best they had experienced in 18 months.

 (f.o.b. mill prices) Week Jun 17 Week Jun 10 Year Ago 2015
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $371 $372 $372
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-380 335-375 $415-442
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 362-380 335-375 $420-442
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 383 371 $415
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 277 280 $208
* Weighted average of 11 key items      
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