U.S. softwood and panel markets - week 23, 2012

  • June 13, 2012
  • • Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.
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random lengths While prices of some framing lumber species staved off weakness, others cracked or broke decidedly to the downside. Southern Pine was especially weak, with key items posting double-digit decreases. Prices also softened at western mills. Western and Eastern S-P-F were most resistant to the downside pressure. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price dropped $2 to $341. Nonetheless, Canadian mills were assured of another drop in the tiered tax on shipments to the U.S. during July.


Week
Jun 8

Week
Jun 1

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*
$341
$343
$262
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
309
309
230
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
406
406
328
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
242
247
250
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
357
360
264
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
320
325
275
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
580
590
610
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Structural panel markets played to mixed reviews. OSB prices in all regions continued to grind higher. Larger-than-usual spreads between producing regions allowed sellers to ship into non-traditional markets. Southern Pine plywood producers accepted moderate counters on thicker sheathing to clear prompt loads. Western Fir producers reported strong sales of CCX to Canada, 9- and 10-foot panels to California, and 1-1/8-inch and 3/8-inch panels for agriculture bin builders.

(f.o.b. mill prices)
Week
Jun 8
Week
Jun 1

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*
$370
$367
$278
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply exterior sheathing plywood 385-400
385-400
284-298
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood
390-405
390-410
280-310
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood 405
392
291
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 250
248
182
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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