U.S. softwood and panel markets - week 21, 2012

  • May 30, 2012
  • • Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.
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random lengths Framing lumber sales were measured, but that was expected for a week of trading sandwiched between holiday weekends in Canada and the U.S. By some accounts, however, phones were busier than expected, particularly on Wednesday, as buyers sought specified loads that could ship quickly. Truck business outpaced railcars by a wide margin. Prices were flat to mixed, although gainers edged out losers. Wide widths posted the largest gains in random dimension.


Week
May 25

Week
May 18

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*
$344
$343
$259
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
309
308
227
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
405
404
326
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
250
250
245
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
360
360
268
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
325
325
263
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
595
600
625
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Structural panel sales were sporadic. OSB sales varied widely between producing regions, leaving prices all over the map. Western Canada remained a standout. Prices in the South gained modestly. Intermittent replenishment generated enough sales to push most Southern Pine plywood mill order files on sheathing into the week of June 4. Western Fir plywood mills generated mostly truckload sales in the West, although truck availability tightened.

(f.o.b. mill prices)
Week
May 25
Week
May 18

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*
$364
$358
$274
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply exterior sheathing plywood 385-400
385-400
288-305
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood
390-415
386-415
282-310
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood 388
384
289
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 243
235
170
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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