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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: October 9, 2015.
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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.
Trading in framing lumber turned more upbeat, as concerns about next week’s expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement dissipated. Traders largely tossed aside any angst about heavier-than-normal shipments after the SLA’s October 12 expiration, as Canadian mills built order files into the second half of October. Demand was driven by secondaries replenishing thinning inventories. With most species showing at least an uptick in key prices, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $6.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$305||$299||$384|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||250||240||352|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||346||343||452|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||295||295||325|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||350||329||436|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||300||303||365|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||660||660||675|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel trading gained momentum. The steady-to-strong pace that had typified OSB markets in recent weeks turned more frenzied on Wednesday. Buyers covered their needs with more urgency. Southern Pine plywood trading came to life Thursday on news of a South Carolina mill’s market-related curtailment. The announcement brought in wholesalers to cover shorts and purchase modest long positions. Activity in western Fir plywood markets was flat or up from last week.
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$353||$351||$409|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||360-395||360-395||450-515|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||360-390||360-390||478-518|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||365||370||480|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||232||225||222|
|*Weighted average of 11 key items|
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
- North American softwood lumber exports to China faltered again in August, bringing the year-to-date total to 2.08 billion board feet, a 13% drop from the same eight-month period of 2014.
- The last four quarters have wrought historical weakness in softwood lumber prices and marked the first four-quarter string of losses since 1997-98.
- Dry Douglas Fir #2&Btr 2x12 has been on a divergent path from its 2x4-2x10 counterparts, plotting aggressive upward price movement in 2015.
- Support for construction of tall-wood buildings continues to gain momentum across North America and around the globe.