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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: May 27, 2016.

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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

Bracketed by holidays in Canada and the U.S., softwood lumber trading was uneventful. More news breaking on fire season in Canada, this time in Ontario, gave the market a mild jolt at midweek; sales perked up for some mills on Thursday, but the week’s overall pace was measured. While residual strength from the recent market rally kept modest upward pressure on some prices, many others were unchanged from the previous week and a few cracks developed as well.

 

This Week
May 27

Last Week
May 20

Year Ago
2015

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*

$357

$360

$312

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

325

325

262

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

420

420

358

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

350

350

295

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

404

415

334

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

380

380

300

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

705

700

670

* Weighted average of 15 key items

 

 

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph

 

 

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales were active. OSB producers in most regions maintained lengthy order files and had few open-market offerings. Price increases were limited mostly to the Southeast. Most Southern Pine plywood mills reached the long weekend with order files into June. Contract loads and next week’s short workweek made it easier for producers to reach the week of June 6. Trading in western Fir plywood was more active than many traders anticipated, in large part due to end users buying on a hand-to-mouth basis.

 

(f.o.b. mill prices)

This Week
May 27

Last Week
May 20

Year Ago
2015

Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*

$377

$378

$362

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

362-382

367-383

405-440

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

365-385

372-387

405-440

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

368

368

394

North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board

280

280

200

*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

Random Lengths was published this week in an abbreviated 8-page format excluding the “Through a Knothole” section. This is customary for the week preceding the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. Our regular format returns June 3 with the regular 12-page issue.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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