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Random Lengths Lumber and Panel Market Report

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This report contains brief excerpts from our full 12-page newsletter, which includes prices of more than 1,600 lumber and panel items, plus detailed summaries of market activity. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

A slower pace of framing lumber sales was widely reported, as uncertainty about the market’s next move left traders cautious. Much of the concern was focused on whether Canadian mills would push larger volumes into the U.S. market when August ushers in a lower tax under the Softwood Lumber Agreement, and a strengthening U.S. dollar provides further incentive to ship stateside. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $4, to $340.

 

 

This Week
Jul 24

Last Week
Jul 17

Year Ago
2014

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*

$340

$344

$384

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

295

302

354

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

380

386

445

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

351

352

340

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

325

332

428

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

335

338

367

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

665

670

700

* Weighted average of 15 key items

 

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph

 

 

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were slow and conservative. OSB prices drifted lower amid apathetic trading. Dealers had enough stock in inventory or on order to address near-term needs and showed no urgency to purchase loads they couldn’t use immediately. The Southern Pine plywood market’s bearish tone was unrelenting, as prices marked their seventh consecutive weekly decline. Uncertainty about the market’s next move kept western Fir plywood buyers on the sidelines except for fill-in purchases. 

 

(f.o.b. mill prices)

This Week
Jul 24

Last Week
Jul 17

Year Ago
2014

Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*

$347

$352

$405

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

375-415

380-420

465-505

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

375-415

382-420

477-515

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

389

393

515

North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board

192

197

210

*Weighted average of 11 key items

 

 


 

Industry News In "Through A Knothole"

Below are headlines of recent articles in the "Through A Knothole" section of our full 12-page newsletter, featuring articles of interest to the industry, including production/price trends, market analysis, trade issues, timber supplies, and much more. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.

This Week in the "Through a Knothole" Section of Random Lengths

  • Western Canadian producers’ mill return will likely improve significantly in August.  The Softwood Lumber Agreement tax on shipments to the U.S. will fall from 15% to 5%. Meanwhile, the currency exchange rate recently rose to $C1.30 per one U.S. dollar.
  • Chinese softwood lumber imports picked up significantly in the second quarter, but North America’s share of the Chinese market slipped.
  • North American structural panel production edged up in the second quarter, led by gains in OSB. OSB’s share of the market hit a record high.
  • It’s a rarity that the price of 14-footers go to a premium to random in Eastern or Western S-P-F, but that trend is currently in full force.
  • The lumber market rallied in June after a dismally weak and slow start to the year. But nothing has rallied quite like the price of green Douglas Fir #1&Btr 2x4. 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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