U.S. softwood and panel markets - week 18, 2012

  • May 07, 2012
  • • Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.
  • • Views: 613
Decrease text sizeIncrease text size
random lengths Last week's surge in orders gave way to a more moderate sales pace, but phones remained busy and prices continued to climb. Some mills shifted from pushing prices to extending order files in the wake of the recent rally. Others, however, kept files reined in and took advantage of their ability to provide quicker shipments at higher prices. Another jump in the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite had Canadian producers eyeing a June reduction in taxes on shipments to the U.S.  


Week
May 4

Week
Apr 27

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*
$329
$316
$262
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
301
289
236
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
393
384
332
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
247
240
250
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
343
330
268
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
320
305
265
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
615
622
648
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Structural panel trading was varied by item and region. OSB producers did their best to follow the upward trend seen in the lumber market, but prices finished mixed. Strength was most evident in the West. The market for Southern Pine plywood was mixed in a second consecutive week of producers' sales trailing output. Western Fir plywood buyers nibbled at mill offerings, ultimately at a slower pace than last week but still enough to extend the majority of order files into the week of May 21.

(f.o.b. mill prices)
Week
May 4
Week
Apr 27

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*
$352
$349
$283
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply exterior sheathing plywood 385-405
380-400
300-310
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood
387-417
385-415
305-320
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood 375
373
305
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 227
220
167
*Weighted average of 11 key items


comments powered by Disqus